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 - 2017

Use the below quick links to jump to a specific event in the schedule:

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: Saturday, November 4

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Pre-game ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m.)

Location: LaHaye Ice Center

Tickets: Free tickets for service members/veterans are available upon request. To reserve your tickets, email 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).

Military Night of Remembrance

This one hour service honors Liberty University faculty, staff and students who gave their lives for our freedom. Join us for an evening of remembrance, reflection, and a special time of prayer for our military service members, their families and our country.

Date: Monday, November 6

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Liberty University Worley Prayer Chapel

Treats for Troops

In partnership with the American Red Cross’ Service to Armed Forces, the School of Nursing is seeking to send a little bit of “home” to men and women stationed in Kuwait, Djibouti, and Iraq. Donations will be collected Nov. 6-11 at several locations around campus. For more information please email Dr. Dana Woody at

Date: November 6-11

Requested Items: Candy; sweet/salty snacks; granola bars; cookies; gum; beef jerky; drink mixes for bottled water; single-serve peanut butter/nutella

Donation Locations: School of Nursing; before/after Convocation on Wednesday Nov. 8; on your hall; Military Appreciation Football Game (Nov. 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)

Military 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, November 8

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Vines Center

Speaker: TBA

 Online students, you can tune in and watch Military Convocation live on Wednesday, November 8 on the Office of Spiritual Development's Facebook page:

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. This come-and-go reception is expressly reserved for our Liberty University military veterans who are on active duty, national guard/reserves, retired, or discharged.

Date: Wednesday, November 8

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Location: Hancock Welcome Center Conference Room

RSVP: RSVP by Thursday, November 2 (RSVP has now closed)


#HonorThem Online Engagement Day 

This special online event brings our Military Emphasis Week celebration from Liberty's campus directly to your home! During this Facebook event, we will be recognizing the service members and veterans from our military student community, as well as opening up a forum for you to give a special shout-out to the military hero(es) in your life. All participants will be entered to win some awesome Military Affairs giveaways!

Date: Thursday, November 9

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 Help us #HonorThem!

Service Members and Veterans who submitted their #HonorThem entry by the Nov. 3 deadline will be featured during this event and entered to win one of several Military Affairs giveaways. If you missed the deadline, see the paragraph below for ways you can still participate and be entered to win a random giveaway!

Everyone else, you are invited to post a photo and/or tag the veteran you would like to honor in the comments section of our #HonorThem 2017 photo album on Nov. 9. All participants will be entered to win random giveaways and winners will be announced at the end of the day!

Cru Military at the Veterans Center

Field staff representatives from the Military Ministry of Cru will be available to engage personally with student veterans and provide resource materials on a range of topics, including military marriage mentoring, deployment readiness, healing from combat trauma, and how to establish a local church-based military ministry.

Date: Friday, November 10

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty University Veterans Center


Military Appreciation at the Jerry Falwell Library

Come visit the Jerry Falwell Library as they celebrate our nation's military the day before Veterans Day. Special gift to military personnel who visit the Military Oral History display (while supplies last). 

Date: Friday, November 10

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Esbenshade Atrium

Veterans Day Parade

For the first time since World War II, Lynchburg is holding a Veterans Day Parade and Liberty University's campus has been chosen as the location where this incredible event will take place! The parade will begin at the Liberty University School of Law,  wind through campus, past the football stadium, and end at the south end of campus near Residential Commons. You won't want to miss this exciting start to your Veterans Day! Visit Lynchburg Area Veterans Council for more information. 

Date: Saturday, November 11

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Liberty University's campus 

Valley View Mike Donahue Memorial 5-Miler

This five-mile race is dedicated to the memory of Major Mike Donahue, a former Liberty ROTC professor 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. Military participants receive discounted pricing and a special gift will be given for all military veterans who pre-register and complete the race. Learn more.

Date: Saturday, November 11

Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pre-race ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m.)

Location: Camp Hydaway

Registration: Register for the race here


Military Tailgate

Join us along with the Office of Student Life and Army ROTC at this special Military Tailgate to enjoy free food and games. Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, snow cones, popcorn, and more will be available for free for military families. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday, November 11

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Lower LaHaye Parking Lot


Military Appreciation Day Football Game

Military Emphasis Week wraps up at this exciting football game where the Liberty Flames will take on Presbyterian at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a special military tribute halftime show, including the awarding of the 2017 George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award and many other special recognitions.

Date: Saturday, November 11

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Williams Stadium

Tickets: See flyer for more information

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