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Military Emphasis Week


The purpose of Military Emphasis Week (MEW) at Liberty University is to raise the awareness of and appreciation for those who have served and are serving in the United States military. At Liberty University, we have always had a heart for those serving in our Armed Forces and do not take for granted the sacrifice they make to secure our nation’s values and freedoms. Our founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, always led 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

Military Emphasis Week

Each November, Liberty University and the Office of Military Affairs hosts Military Emphasis Week. This week is dedicated to honoring our service members, veterans, and their spouses for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to preserve our freedoms. We hope to see you at the events listed below!

  • Date: Monday, November 3 - Saturday, November 8

Care Package Drive

The Office of Military Affairs will be hosting a care package drive and we encourage you to participate! Look for our table at Convocation in Section 124 during Military Emphasis Week. Monetary donations are accepted as well as packaged food items and hygiene products. For a list of care package items please click here.

  • Date: November 3, 5, and 7
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Vines Center, Section 124

Military Night of Remembrance

This time is set aside each year to reflect and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, particularly nine Liberty University students and staff members who died while serving their country.  Please join us as we remember these fallen heroes and others who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives so we can enjoy our freedom today.

  • Date: Monday, November 3
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center

Webinar on "Honor to Whom Honor is Due"

Join us for a special tribute to our nation’s veterans and active duty troops and families, facilitated by Retired Major General Bob Dees, Liberty University’s Director of the Institute for Military Resilience. We hope you will use this as an opportunity to honor your favorite veteran or military spouse. Send your stories in advance to or provide input during the webinar via chat.  Stories will be accepted through Tuesday, October 28th.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 4
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Location: Online (click here to register for this Webinar)

Military Convocation

Come and hear an inspiring message from retired Colonel Oliver North.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 5
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Vines Center

Veteran's Reception

This event is for Liberty University faculty, staff, and students who are currently serving or who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Feel free to join us for hors d’oeuvres and a time of camaraderie.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 5
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center, Main Level Banquet Room

The RSVP survey has now closed. If you were unable to submit your RSVP before the survey closed, you are still welcome to join us the day of the event, no RSVP required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Book Signing with Retired Major General Robert F. Dees

Retired Major General Robert Dees will be available at the Liberty University Barnes and Noble Bookstore to meet with you and sign his book, Resilient Nations. Major General Dees is the Associate Vice President of Military Outreach as well as the Director of the Institute for Military Resilience at Liberty University. Resilient Nations is the final book of the three-part Resilience Trilogy.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 5
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: LU Barnes and Noble Bookstore

Valley View 5 Miler - Race for Military Appreciation

This event is being hosted by Student Activities. Visit their webpage here for registration information.  All servicemembers and veterans who complete the race will be given a specially designed Challenge Coin, as well as other gifts, by the Office of Military Affairs.

  • Date: Saturday, November 8
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Camp Hydaway (936 Camp Hydaway Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24501)

Military Tailgate

This event is hosted by the Office of Military Affairs and Army ROTC. We invite all Army ROTC, veterans, and their families to join us for food and fellowship before the game.

  • Date: Saturday, November 8
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center Lawn

Military Appreciation Football Game

Special half-time show paying tribute to service members, veterans, and their families. Admission is $5 for all veterans showing proper military ID.

  • Date: Saturday, November 8
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Williams Stadium

Military Appreciation Ice Hockey Game

The game will showcase a special tribute to our military. Free tickets will be given to the first 300 veterans who pick up their tickets at the LaHaye Ice Center.

  • Date: Saturday, November 8
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: LaHaye Ice Center

Blood Drive

Join us in supporting our military at this special military emphasis Blood Drive. Check-in with our military representative when you donate to specify which branch of the military you are honoring with your donation. We will give hourly updates on which branch of the military has received the most support throughout the day of the event on Facebook.

Walk-ins are welcome. To register please go to and enter in the sponsor code: flames.  If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate you can call (866) 236-3276.

  • Date: Monday, November 10
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Conference Room

Military Appreciation Lunch and Dinner

Selected local restaurants will provide a free lunch and/or dinner to veterans with proper military identification. Continue to check back for updates.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 11
  • Participating restaurants include:
    • Golden Corral - Dinner
    • Texas Road House - Selected lunch menu
    • O'Charleys - Selected lunch menu
    • Seven Eleven - Free Slurpee
  • Other discounts available:
    • Lowes - 10% discount every day
    • Home Depot - 10% discount every day
    • Christopher Banks - 10% discount every day

Military Appreciation Day

Tune in as we play special messages and recorded events from military events held at Liberty University in past years. You can view the schedule for the day on our webpage here. Special giveaways will occur hourly during this time on the Military Affairs Facebook page and on Twitter: (@LibertyMil). Online chat will be available during the event.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 11
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Location: Online through Online Communities

For a complete schedule of Military Outreach events, please go to