Military Emphasis Week

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 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. Events marked with the online icon  offer opportunities for online military students to participate even if they cannot travel to campus!

Schedule of Events - 2016

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Valley View/Major Mike Donahue 5-Miler

The Valley View/Major Mike Donahue 5 miler kicks off Military Emphasis Week and pays special tribute to Major Mike Donahue, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 16, 2014.  Major Donahue loved to run on this trail and it is only fitting that this race is named in his memory and honor. A special gift will be given for all military veterans who pre-register and complete the race. 

  • Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pre-race ceremonies begin at 8:40 a.m.)

  • Location: Camp Hydaway

Military Appreciation Hockey Game

Join the Liberty Flames Hockey team as they take on Stoney Brook University. A special pre-game tribute to our military will begin at 6:45 p.m.  You won’t want to miss this exciting game especially the special military competitions during the period breaks. Come and wear your military branch’s colors while cheering on the LU Flames Hockey team.

  • Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

  • Time: 7:00 p.m. (Pre-game ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m.)

  • Location: LaHaye Ice Center

Military service members and veterans may gain free entry to this game upon proof of service such as Military ID, DD-214, or Veterans ID card. 

Military Night of Remembrance

This one hour service honors Liberty University faculty, staff and students who gave their lives for our freedom. Join us as we hear an inspiring challenge about freedom and service to our country and have a time of prayer for our military service members, their families and our country.

  • Date: Monday, November 7, 2016

  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

  • Location: Worley Chapel

Veterans Appreciation Reception

To thank you for your service to our country, we invite all Liberty University service members and veterans to join us for a time of light hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. You are welcome to come and stay as long as you can during this time. Due to limited seating, this event is expressly reserved for our Liberty University military veterans who are on active duty, national guard/reserves, retired, or discharged.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

  • Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center

  • RSVP: The RSVP closed on Nov. 3. 

#HonorThem Online Engagement Day 

In recognition of the 20,000+ military students studying with Liberty University online, this online event gives opportunity for you to pay tribute to the military hero(es) in your life from all around the world. Follow us on Facebook on Thursday, November 10 as we share your personal stories of remembrance, honor, and recognition of a family member or friend that is serving or has served, recognize a spouse for their incredible strength and dedication, and remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. All participants will be entered to win some awesome Military Affairs giveaways. 

 Share your #HonorThem Story!

The deadline for early submission of your story was Nov. 4. But don't worry, you can still recognize someone on the day of the event! Follow us on Facebook on Thursday, November 10, and leave a comment on our #HonorThem thread to tell us about the person you wish to honor. All participants will be entered to win our special giveaways and winners will be announced at the end of the day.

Military Convocation 

Join us for Veterans Day as we recognize our military for their service to our country.  This rousing convocation will be filled with heart-stirring songs from Sounds of Liberty, a message of appreciation from Larry the Cable Guy, and a special salute to our Armed Forces.

  • Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Vines Center

 Online students, you can tune in and watch Military Convocation live on Friday, November 11th at

Veterans Day at the Jerry Falwell Library

The Jerry Falwell Library (JFL) will be celebrating military service members and veterans in the JFL Atrium from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11th. Come out on Veterans Day to meet members of Liberty’s Student Veterans Association, thank them for their service, and learn about the military resources available at Liberty University.  The first 100 veterans to stop by will receive a free gift from the Jerry Falwell Library! Proof of service such as a Military ID or DD-214 is required to receive the gift.

  • Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Location: Jerry Falwell Library Esbendshade Atrium

Military Care Package Workshop 

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we don’t want to forget our deployed military who are separated from their families during this time. Come and pack a box of love for a deployed service member.  Care package boxes, items and postage will be provided.

  • Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

  • Location: Jerry Falwell Library Terrace Level Conference Room

 The deadline to request a Military Care Package was Oct. 26 and the request survey has now been closed. 

Military Tailgate

Come and join us for a free hotdog or hamburger with all of the fixings, chips, cookies and a drink, then represent your branch in a game of Battle of the Branches Cornhole.  Bragging rights go to the branch with the highest overall score during the tailgate. This tailgate is free for all military and their families who are serving our country or who have served. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

  • Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Front Lawn of the Hancock Welcome Center

Military Appreciation Day Football Game

Military Emphasis Week wraps up as the Liberty University Flames take on Charleston Southern. A special halftime show will honor our military and their families.  Additionally, the winner of the 2016 George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award will be announced and recognized during this time.

  • Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

  • Time: 3:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Williams Stadium

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