​West Point Paintball Spring 2018

The West Point Combat Classic brought the game back to Lake Frederick's field, which facilitated an entertaining game for our veterans, and provided the perfect opportunity to reveal our new tank. 

West Point Football Game 2016

Ralph was able to invite some of his friends, who were also WWII veterans. They all got to meet the other team mascots, West Point Generals, and the West Point cheerleaders. 

​FDR Weekend 2019

Mended Swords returned to the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park NY for another wonderful weekend.

We always take pride in participating in this awesome Memorial Day tribute to our veterans. Check out some news coverage we coordinated about the day below.

"Had a great day with Mended Swords LTD and the terrific veterans that attended. Very much appreciated!!🇺🇲️🇺🇲️🇺🇲️"

-Tom Rizzo

"What a fantastic way to start an awesome weekend. So honored to spend the day with such an incredible group of Veterans from WWII, Vietnam and Iraq to newly enlisted. Fleet Week NYC. Special treat was to go on the USS New York built with steel from the World Trade Towers. Thank you to Mike from Mended Swords for making this day possible."

-Wendy Graef

Spartan Race at West Point 2017​​

​Links to articles about the event can be found below. 

Previous Events (2015-2019)

West Point Football Game 2015

This was WWII vet Ralph Osterhoudt's first West Point football game. Ralph got to meet all of the Generals of West Point, have dinner with them, see the team locker rooms, have the game dedicated to him, and walk away with the game ball.

Fleet Week in NYC 2019

Mended Swords took two WWII veterans, three Vietnam veterans, and one current Iraq/Afghanistan veteran to fleet week where they were able to walk and view many different ships.

West Point ceremony to honor cadets from the Spartan Race 2017

Michael and Ralph went to West Point's Preparatory School to thank the special individuals who helped the team to complete their goal of finishing the Spartan Race. 

Orange County Choppers 2018

Mended Swords was invited to the Orange County Choppers Block Party.

Memorial Day Weekend at Hyde Park 2017

For the 14th year in a row, Mended Swords was asked to participate in a military reenactment on the FDR Library and Museum grounds in Hyde Park, NY. 

West Point Fall 2018 Paintball Combat Classic

​The Mended Swords team was back with new veterans to help defend against the red team. 

Clothing the Veterans 2016

On December 15th, we were able to help two disabled veterans. We treated them to a haircut, new clothes, a meal, fellowship, and a car service ride home to their doorstep. It was a pleasure to spend time with, and get to know such deserving men.

Spartan Race at West Point 2018

​Thank you to all who signed up, and for those who helped along the way. Our second Spartan race was an outstanding success. 

West Point Paint Ball Spring 2017

This year's event took place on a new field and drew many new participating veterans. 

2020 Events

  • Man Con The Ultimate Man Show: January 26
  • West Point Paintball Combat Classic - Spring: April 4-5
  • Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Tour: April 18-19
  • Memorial Day Weekend Military Show at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York: May 23-24
  • Memorial Day Parade in Pawling, New York: May 25
  • Pawling Car Show: June 14
  • ​Hops on the Hudson: June 27
  • Iron Chef BBQ Competition: July (Date To Be Determined)​
  • Spartan Race at West Point: August 22-23
  • West Point Paintball Combat Classic - Fall: (Date to Be Determined)

Additional events added as they arise. 


​West Point Spring 2019 Paintball Combat Classic

Many veterans participated in what was one of the best paintball games experienced so far. 

Thank you Spectrum News for the media coverage! Click below to see the footage.

​West Point Spartan Race 2019

Mended Swords, along with a team of sixty veterans and active duty service men and women completed this Spartan Race. This year we honored the following three individuals.

West Point Paint Ball Fall 2016

For Ralph's 91st year, he wanted to be part of the West Point Paint Ball war game. His words to Mended Swords founder Michael Speed: "I don't know how much longer I have, nor if I could do this next year." 

  • Ralph Osterhoudt: A WWII Battle of the Bulge survivor who received 3 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the French Medal of Honor for his services;

  • Al Piazza: A WWII veteran who was stationed in Hawaii as a Private First Class; 

  • Tom Rizzo: A Vietnam veteran who is a Sargent with the  Army C First/6 198 Americal Division.


Veteran Chow Down 2017

Mended Swords helped to support the Veteran's Chow Down, a veteran appreciation dinner, alongside other charities including the New York Riders of Putnam County. 

"Being able to not only see this but walk part of the trail with you all was an amazing experience which I am very grateful for. With the camaraderie and grit of the group and the moving tribute to those veterans who couldn't be there, this was an epic display of remembrance and celebration."

-Kim S.

"When I was asked to be a part of Mended Sword’s Spartan Race team, I had no idea what I was getting myself into and looking back, I am sure grateful that I agreed. Ralph is not only a hero, he is one of the finest examples of a great, humble person as he took the time to acknowledge everyone who wanted to [shake] his hand, asked him questions, and gladly posed for countless photos.  The other team members, who did most of the lifting, had an endless supply of energy as well as great spirit which led to bringing Ralph across the Spartan finish line.  Thank you Sgt. Speed, Mended Swords, and the rest of the organization for one of the most memorable, challenging and rewarding experiences."

-SPC Luchenbill, 3/1FA 1/6FA US Army 95-98