The college has joined with the Wounded Warriors Care Project to tape the stories of wounded U.S. service members and place the recordings in several libraries, including its own, said Brandon Brown, the vice president for institutional advancement.
There will also be a tribute to enlisted military personnel, veterans and those who have been wounded, he added.
"We will be celebrating our troops and the commitment they've made to our country," he said. "It's very important that we all stand in a symbolic gesture to give homage to those who protect us and defend our rights."
In its 16th year, Painefest will kick off Monday and continue through Oct. 30 with several activities centered on the theme of "Going from Good to Great in the Community." All of the Painefest events are free and open to the public.
"The intention of the activities is to unite the Paine College campus -- via faculty staff, students -- with the greater community to engage in activities to celebrate the community and our spirit of giving back through service," Brown said.
Other activities in addition to the tribute include the annual coronation of Mr. and Miss Paine, a Paine College Arts Festival, a barbecue cook-off, and a community and campus cleanup.
"When you are out working in your community providing beautification, you get to know your neighbor," he said of a joint community and campus cleanup. "You get to learn your neighbors' name. You get to know who's in your community and they get to know who you are. It creates a neighbor-friendly community."
Registration is required to share your story as a wounded warrior, participate in the barbecue cook-off, or participate in the dance, song and spoken word competitions.