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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: The limited supply of first-come first-serve free tickets for service members and veterans have all been reserved at this time. Discounted tickets for military members and veterans will be 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: Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center

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 with Eric Maddox

In 2003, three months after U.S. forces invaded Iraq, SSG Maddox received unexpected orders to report to the Baghdad International Airport. There he was assigned to a Delta Force Special Operations team in Tikrit. The team was a part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for tracking down the most wanted men in the world, or the infamous Deck of Cards. During his six month tour with this Delta Force team, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.  For his accomplishments, Eric was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star. Learn more about Eric Maddox, and join us at this special Convo Select to hear him speak. 

  • 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. 12 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.

The RSVP has now closed. Please email militaryoutreach@liberty.edu if you have any questions or need to change your RSVP.   


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. Enjoy worship with Vision Ministries Worship, hear from special speakers, and help us honor veterans as we share stories from our community about the veterans who have made an impact on their 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: Hancock Welcome Center

Share your story! The initial deadline for submission has passed, but you can still participate in the Facebook Live session on Nov. 14! Share your story and photo in the comments section of the livestream to give an #HonorThem shout-out to the veteran in your life. We'll be sharing stories there as well throughout the event, to make this a special time of recognizing our military veterans for students online as well as on campus. 

 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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