A soldier's homecoming to a family that believed him dead. A POW who helped build the tunnel featured in The Great Escape. Ditching over the North Sea. Purple flowers in soldiers’ wounds. These are among the memories of 24 Canadians who served or worked in conflict zones ranging from the Second World War and Korea to the Rwandan genocide, Iraq and Afghanistan. They recall those experiences in their own words in Never Forget: More Stories from the Conflict Zones, an expanded edition of Star Dispatches’ 2012 Remembrance Day ebook, compiled by award-winning journalists Paul Hunter and Jim Rankin. These remarkable stories -- alternately searing and funny, heartbreaking and poignant -- evoke the danger, intensity and bravery of these moments, and lead to a new appreciation of these people who are our family, our neighbours and our friends.
Paul Hunter has been a reporter at the Toronto Star for 27 years. For most of that time, he worked in Sports, where he covered 19 Stanley Cup finals, five Olympics, a handful of Grey Cups and far too few playoffs runs by the Maple Leafs as that team’s beat reporter over two decades. Paul has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award in sports writing and was named to the Maple Leafs media wall of fame. He joined the Star’s features team in 2011. This is his sixth contribution to Star Dispatches.
Jim Rankin is a reporter-photographer at the Toronto Star. He specializes in investigations, data journalism and features. His work has been nominated for seven National Newspaper Awards. In 2002, he was part of a team involved in the Michener Award–winning investigative series into race, policing and crime in Toronto. His photography and multimedia work has been recognized by the U.S. National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, the News Photographers Association of Canada and the Online Journalism Awards.