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Liberty held its annual Military Emphasis Week Nov. 5-12, honoring military servicemembers and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country. The week kicked off Saturday, Nov. 5 with a Military tailgate party followed by an exciting victory against Virginia Military Institution (VMI).
Numerous events were held throughout the week, including a candlelight service to honor fallen servicemembers, a military student group reception hosted by Liberty’s Student Veterans Group, Silent Ranks with a Vision, and Students Behind our Soldiers, and a dessert reception with guest speaker Maj. William L. Brown (Ret) hosted by Liberty’s Concerned Women for America chapter.
Spirits remained high Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Vines Center. Speaker, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, founding member of Delta Force, shared a challenging message entitled “The Church Must Rise Up.”
Boykin expressed that “if we as a nation of believers will rise up and come together, we have nothing to fear in the future.”
“Now is a time that we have to fight, not with physical weapons, but as Christians, we have to fight to save this nation,” Boykin said. “We have to put our faith into action.”
Following Convocation, more than 100 veterans and active military personnel attended an honorary luncheon in the Williams Stadium Club Pavilion.
Liberty University also sought to raise awareness and provide assistance in regard to a condition that is pervasive amongst our military. On Thursday, Nov. 10, a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) seminar was offered to military servicemembers and veterans. The speaker, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Dees (Ret), provided education about the symptoms of PTSD along with useful information on how to obtain help if needed. As a valuable addition to the university, Dees also leads Liberty Online’s Institute for Military Resilience.
Liberty is thankful for those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces and hopes this regard was felt and adequately observed during Military Emphasis Week.
"Liberty University greatly values and appreciates our Nation's military," Liberty University’s Director of Military Affairs Emily Foutz said. We make a point to stop and pay our respect during Military Emphasis Week each year, and to raise awareness among our student body and community to support our Nation's heroes who are standing in harm's way.”
Liberty University was also recently ranked No. 2 among top online and nontraditional colleges in the 2011 Best for Vets student survey conducted by “Military Times Edge.” Liberty Online is dedicated to serving those who serve our nation.