Standing at 11 feet tall and 5 feet wide and weighing more than 100 pounds, the special delivery that UPS made to a San Antonio home Thursday certainly was out of the ordinary.
Spurs team doctor David Schmidt was the recipient of that special package. It is a cross constructed in honor of his son, Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last year.
“I’m impressed. This is the first time we’ve seen it live,” Schmidt said. “Thought we were going to see it at Camp Pendleton, but we didn’t get the opportunity.”
The cross never went up at the California military camp since some groups have protested religious artifacts on base. So with the help of UPS, it was delivered to the Schmidts.
Cpl. Jeremy Laster was in Benjamin’s platoon. If getting a tattoo in honor of Schmidt isn’t enough, he was one of many to build the cross the day after Benjamin died.
“We wanted to do something to keep us busy. We were torn up, so we went to Home Depot and told them what we wanted to do,” Laster said.
The final product was a well-decorated cross that arrived to the Schmidt’s home a couple of days before the one-year anniversary of his death.
“Every day is different, as I’ve said time and time again, ‘It’s a good day to be a Christian. I know where he is and where I’m heading,’” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said he plans to take the cross to their family ranch near Kerrville this weekend and eventually set it up somewhere to be seen by many.