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Military Emphasis Week


Military Emphasis Week (MEW) raises awareness of and appreciation for those who have served and are serving in the United States military.  Our founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, led Liberty University by example, demonstrating the consistency of Christianity, patriotism, and love of country. Military Emphasis Week seeks to carry on this legacy.


Military Emphasis Week was once a one-day event on campus and has now been expanded to a week-long event in order to give greater visibility, support and recognition to our military and veterans. Events are planned throughout campus during this week to show appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving this great nation.

One highlight of Military Emphasis Week is the patriotic convocation, occurring the Wednesday closest to Veteran’s day and featuring patriotic music, veteran testimonies and an inspirational message from a Christian combat veteran. Convocation is always followed with a veteran’s reception which allows for a time of camaraderie and a specially planned menu.

Schedule of Events - 2015

Military Emphasis Week 2015 is scheduled for November 6-14, 2015. We hope you will join us for one or more of these events, as we give honor and recognition to the men and women who serve and have served in the military.

Military Convocation

Please join us for military convocation at the Vines Center on November 6th.  Rev. Tim Lee will be the guest speaker for this year’s military convocation.  He joined the Marines in 1969 and was injured in the Vietnam War in 1971 when he stepped on a land mine and lost both his legs. His passion for the gospel and his country has taken him all over the world.  Lee is a member of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees and was a friend of founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. He is a frequent speaker at Liberty’s convocations.

  • Date: Friday, November 6
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Vines Center

Dedication of the Mike Donahue Trail

On September 16, 2014, Major Mike Donahue was KIA in Afghanistan.  Major Donahue was part of Liberty University’s AROTC at one time. Major Donahue was an avid runner and loved running at Liberty University, particularly at the trails behind the Snowflex Centre. It is only fitting that we dedicate and name the trail in his memory. Join us as we pay tribute to Major Donahue’s memory and legacy.

  • Date: Saturday, November 7
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Snowflex Centre, entrance to trail

Military Tailgate

If you serve or have served in the military, please join us for a tailgate at the right front corner of Hancock Welcome Center from 11:30am-2:30pm.  We will be having tailgate food along with some great games.  Come out and join us for some great food and fellowship before the football game.

  • Date: Saturday, November 7
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center front lawn
Photo was taken at Liberty University Military Tailgate 2014.

Military Appreciation Football Game and Half-time Show

Come and join us for the Military Appreciation Day Football game at Williams Stadium. The game kicks off at 3:30pm. During halftime, a beautiful show will be presented as well as the awarding of the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award. Liberty University military students will receive free admission when they bring their Flames Pass on game day. Online military students may visit Liberty Card Services to request their Flames Pass. All other current Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard service members, honorably discharged/retired veterans, and their families will receive a special ticket price of $10 with proof of military service (DD214, orders, military ID, or a Department of Veterans Affairs card). Football tickets must be picked up at the ticket booth by the Williams Stadium or at the Baseball Stadium ticket office beginning at 10am, November 7th, 2015.

  • Date: Saturday, November 7
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Williams Stadium

Care Package Drive

In preparation for making Christmas care packages for deployed military personnel at the Care Package Workshop on November 13th, there will be a care package drive to collect supplies at each of the convocations during Military Emphasis Week at the top of Section 124. Help us make Christmas care packages by bringing items to the care package drive at Convocation on November 9th, 11th, and 13th! Please see our list of care package items that you can donate to support our deployed service members!

  • Date: November 9, 11, and 13
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Convocation, Vines Center Section 124

Military Emphasis Chapel with Chaplain Dondi Costin

Join us for a special chapel service to honor our veterans and active military members during Military Emphasis Week. Major General Dondi Costin, recently appointed Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force, will be the honored speaker at this event. Chaplain Costin is the first Liberty graduate to serve as the Chief of Chaplains for the Air Force.

  • Date: Monday, November 9
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: 701 Thomas Road, Old Pate Chapel

Night of Remembrance

This event will be held at the LU Prayer Chapel at 7pm. Join us for this special evening of remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedom. This special evening will have two special speakers who will challenge your heart for those who are serving and for those who have served.  All are welcomed to attend.

  • Date: Monday, November 9
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: LU Prayer Chapel
Photo was taken at Liberty University Night of Remembrance in 2014.

Online Communities Military Appreciation Day

This special day is dedicated to our students who attend Liberty University online.  The Office of Military Affairs will partner with Liberty University’s Online Communities and provide special military convocations held throughout the past years to listen to each hour and interact with military staff members through live chat.  Special giveaways will occur throughout the day as well.

Check out the day's schedule of events here.

Veterans Reception

All Liberty University staff, faculty and student veterans are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship at the Hancock Welcome Center Banquet Room from 11:45am-1:45pm. Come and join us for hors d'oeuvres and some fellowship with fellow Liberty University veterans. Don’t forget to stop by and receive a thank you gift from the Office of Military Affairs for your service to our country. RSVP is required for this event and must be submitted by November 4.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 11
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center Banquet Room
  • RSVP Deadline: November 4, 2015

Photo was taken at Liberty University Veterans Reception in 2013.

Military Appreciation Blood Drive

Come and support the American Red Cross and give blood. We are meeting at the Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Room from 12pm-6pm.  We are looking to see which branch will donate the most blood. Bragging rights from last year goes to the Army.

  • Date: Thursday, November 12
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Room
Thank you to all who have pre-registered for the blood drive. At this time, all appointments have been filled. If you did not make an appointment, you may still come as a walk-in donor. Walk-ins are reminded that those who made appointments will have priority so there may be an extended wait for you to donate. We will work to allow as many donors as possible donate as quickly as possible.

Honor to Whom Honor is Due Webinar

Join us for this very special webinar, hosted by Major General Robert F. Dees (U.S. Army Retired), as we celebrate and honor service members, veterans, and military families through the sharing of personal testimonials and stories from our Liberty University military family.

  • Date: Thursday, November 12
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • RSVP: Required

Visit for more information on how to RSVP your attendence.


Care Package Workshop

Come and help us assemble and mail military care packages, just in time for Christmas! We will be meeting at the Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Room from 12pm-3pm. All are welcome to assist with this wonderful opportunity to encourage our deployed service men and women.

  • Date: Friday, November 13
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Room

Military Appreciation Valley View/Mike Donahue Memorial 5-Miler

Join us at the Snowflex Centre as we run the 5 miler. Race begins at 9am. Come early to register and join in the pre-race festivities. Registration begins at 7:30am in the Snowflex Lodge. The race name has been changed to remember Major Mike Donahue, USA, who was KIA September 16, 2014 while serving his country. Major Donahue loved running this trail and it has been dedicated in his name. Every veteran who pre-registers by November 7th and finishes the race will receive a free gift from the Office of Military Affairs. Click here to pre-register.

  • Date: Saturday, November 14
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Snowflex Centre

Military Student Connection

Celebrate the closing of Military Emphasis Week at this gathering of Liberty student veterans for an evening of fellowship. All Liberty University student service members and veterans are encouraged to meet us at Camp Hydaway from 5:30pm-7pm for food, games, and a chance to connect with fellow military students.

  • Date: Saturday, November 14
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Camp Hydaway
  • RSVP Deadline: November 9, 2015

The RSVP survey has closed.

Military Appreciation Hockey Game - Postponed

The Military Appreciation Day Hockey Game that was scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at 7pm has been postponed until Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7pm.  Veterans who have previously requested tickets for the game (on or before 10/29/15), will still be permitted to attend the November 14th game for free. We look forward to recognizing all of our military veterans and their families on January 23, 2016.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  If you have any questions concerning this event, please feel free to email

If you have any questions about any of these events, please email for more information.