Military Emphasis Week

Military Emphasis Week 2018

Military Emphasis Week (MEW) raises awareness 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.

Once a one-day event on campus, Military Emphasis Week has been expanded to a week-long celebration 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. Events marked with the online icon   offer opportunities for online military students to participate even if they cannot travel to campus!

Schedule of Events

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Veterans Center Open House

Join us in the Veterans Center on the 3rd floor of the Montview Student Union to learn more about the resources available on campus for service members and veteran students. We will also be streaming live on our Facebook page for all online students.

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Veterans Center, Montview Student Union

 This event will be live streamed by the Office of Military Affairs


Military Appreciation Hockey Game

Join us as we watch the Liberty Flames battle it out on the ice and celebrate those who fight for our freedom. A special pre-game ceremony honoring our military will begin at 6:45 p.m. You will not want to miss this exciting game or the special military competitions that will be held during the period breaks. 

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 9
  • Time: Pre-game ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. Game begins at 7 p.m. 
  • Location: LaHaye Ice Center
  • Tickets: Free tickets for service members/veterans are available upon request. To reserve your tickets, email MilitaryOutreach@liberty.edu with your Student ID and the number of tickets needed. There is a limited supply available, so requests will be handled on a first-come first-serve basis. Discounted tickets for military members and veterans are also available at the door upon proof of service (Military ID or DD214).

Valley View Mike Donahue Memorial Five Miler

Outdoor Recreation is proud to present the Valley View Mike Donahue Memorial 5 Miler hosted at Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. This race is a partnership with the Military Affairs department to show all our support to those who serve. In memory of Major Mike Donahue, the event is specifically meant to honor and remember this man who made such a positive impact in the community and at Liberty University.  

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 
  • Time: Pre-race ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. 
  • Location: Camp Hydaway

Veterans Day Parade

Join us on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. for the second annual Lynchburg Area Veterans Council Veterans Day Parade, hosted on Liberty’s campus. This event serves to engage both the Liberty and Lynchburg communities to honor the life and legacy of local veterans. For more information, visit the Lynchburg Area Veterans Center Council.  

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 10 
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Location: Liberty University Campus

Convocation Select

Join us for special “Convo Select”, which will feature a military speaker, to be announced on Nov. 2. 

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 12  
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: School of Music and Worship, Concert Hall 

Veterans Appreciation Reception

In recognition of Veterans Day, we will be hosting our annual Veterans Appreciation Reception on Nov. 10 at 11:45 a.m. in the Hancock Welcome Center Conference Room. This event is open to Liberty University veteran faculty, staff, and students. To secure your attendance, please RSVP by Nov. 6. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 12  
  • Time: 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center
  • RSVP: Required by Nov. 6. RSVP today!

Military Appreciation Convocation

Join us for a special Convocation service as we recognize our military for their service to our country. This rousing convocation will feature patriotic music, a special military speaker, and a salute to our Armed Forces. 

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14  
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Vines Center

 This event will be live streamed by the Office of Spiritual Development.


#HonorThem Night of Gratitude

This event will be held on Liberty's campus and live-streamed on Facebook Live to honor the veterans in all of our lives. If you are able to attend in person, ensure to arrive early as space is limited.

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14  
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBD

Share your story! Submit your story sharing the impact a veteran has had on your life by emailing the following to MilitaryOutreach@liberty.edu by Nov. 2.

  • Your name and Liberty ID
  • A written testimony about the veteran in your life
  • A high quality photo of the veteran or yourself with the veteran
  • Optional: Make a short video tribute (any length, but no longer than 3 minutes) that may be shared at the #HonorThem Night of Gratitude

We will be sharing these stories via social media throughout the fall semester. Selected testimonies may also be shared during the #HonorThem Night of Gratitude event held on campus and on Facebook Live. We look forward to connecting with you!

 This event will be live streamed by the Office of Military Affairs


If you have any questions about Military Emphasis Week events, please email MilitaryOutreach@liberty.edu for more information.

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