Rob is particularly touched by the contributions of Canadian war vets. He goes with his father every year to tour different parts of Europe where Canadians made an important contribution. For example, they've visited the Mennen Gate in Belgium, where every evening at 8, since 1928, a huge crowd gathers as buglers play The Last Post in gratitude to soldiers who liberated Ypres in WWI, where Canadians held their ground and pushed the Germans to retreat. They've been all over Northern France and Belgium, been to graveyards with thousands of Canadians and some that have only one. Lest none be forgotten.
A work colleague of Rob's was facing a round of chemotherapy and he wanted something to busy himself in his time off from his job giving cars fancy paint jobs. He offered to paint the riser and Rob requested a Canada flag design that would commemorate the sacrifices of Canadians. He handed it off to his friend with permission to use his creative license and he was surprised to find the many ghostly eyes rising out of the colours of the Canadian flag. His friend had heard Rob talk many times about the horrors of war so the ghostly images were intentionally dark in an effort to remember the soldier but not to glorify war.
When Rob got his new bow, he offered his to me. The painting is so personal to him, that I felt sort of weird about it. It was a good move to improve my archery and I took it. I know I'll get as many questions as he did, and maybe a few bemused glances. People have been asking me when I'm going to repaint it. I'm not. It's true, I wouldn't have gotten it painted this way myself but it's pretty remarkable and I'm more than cool with it.