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Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month 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 Appreciation Month seeks to carry on this legacy. Once a one-day event on campus, Military Appreciation Month has been expanded to a month-long celebration in order to give greater visibility, support, and recognition to our military and veterans. Events are planned throughout campus during this month to show appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving this great nation.

2023 events:

Nov 3: Lady Flames Volleyball

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  • Join us for the Military Appreciation volleyball game!
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. ET vs Louisiana Tech
  • Location: Liberty Arena
  • Streaming: ESPN +

Nov 4: Murph Challenge Veteran Charity Event

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  • Join the 1st Annual Murph Challenge Fundraiser! 100% of all proceeds and donations will go towards event expenses and to raise money for the National Center for Healthy Veterans (NCHV). The Murph Challenge Consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats, and a second one-mile run. Don’t want to do the challenge? Feel free to donate to the cause and help raise money for the NCHV. President Costin, Major General Bob Dees (Ret.), and other veterans will be in attendance, along with 5.11 Tactical, and the National Center for Healthy Veterans.
  • Location: The LU Lacrosse Fields at the East Athletic Complex on East Campus
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Nov 9-10: LU Air Force ROTC 24 Hour Vigil



  • Liberty University Air Force ROTC will be holding a 24-hour vigil to remember our nation’s prisoners of war and missing in action. Anyone who wishes to attend may attend the ceremony to help remember the Americans who have been lost, captured, or killed in combat.
  • When: Ceremony to take place on November 9 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Jerry Fallwell Pond Overlook (between the Jerry Falwell Library and the Reber Thomas Dining Hall)
  • According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, as of Sept. 3, more than 81,600 Americans remain missing from conflicts since World War II.
  • POW/MIA vigils provide an opportunity to remember and honor those who have served, according the agency. The 24 hour vigil represents the United States’ constant efforts to recover and repatriate American heroes.

Nov 10: Military Appreciation Convocation

  • Join us to hear a message from author and professor, Rosaria Butterfield, and to honor our service members and veterans within the Liberty University community.
  • All student veterans are invited to the President’s Box for special seating, and a breakfast buffet.
  • Location: Vines Center
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Convocation Schedule

Nov 10: Chaplains Museum Open House/Meet the Chaplains 

  • Open house at the Liberty University Chaplains Museum from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Get to know our military chaplains during a live streamed “Meet the Chaplains” event that will include chaplain interviews from our Center for Chaplaincy.
  • Watch live on Instagram.

Nov 10: Military Appreciation Hockey Game

  • We welcome you to join us for the Military Appreciation Hockey Game to honor our veterans!
  • Location: LaHaye Ice Center
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. vs Ohio University
  • Stream live!

Nov 11: Mike Donahue Memorial 5-Miler

  • The Valley View 5 Miler is a partnership between the Liberty University Campus Recreation and Military Affairs departments to show 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. Join us for the special pre-race ceremonies meant to honor all those who have lost their lives serving our nation.
  • Location: Camp Hydaway – Pavilion
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. with a pre-ceremony at 8:40.

Nov 11: Military Appreciation Football Game

  • Liberty Football honors all members of our military during our home Military Appreciation Game against Old Dominion at 1:00 p.m. EST. Remember to always Be Early, Be Loud and Wear RED!
  • The first 3,000 fans will receive a free camo hat.
  • Williams Stadium Tickets: Please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 592-5015 or reference the Football FAQ Page.
  • The George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award will be announced during the halftime show.

Nov 15: Veterans Appreciation Reception

  • RSVP is required and the deadline for this year’s event has passed. Please email militaryoutreach@liberty.edu with any questions!
  • Location: Montview Student Union – Alumni Ballroom
  • Time: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with the event being from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Nov 29: Military Installation Graduation at Fort Liberty

  • Join us in celebrating our military students who are graduating at the Fort Liberty Education Services Graduation Ceremony!

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

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