Greg Inglis returned to Redfern this week after a well-deserved break at the conclusion of a memorable 2013 season that saw him bag everything from the Dally M Fullback of the Year award, to a World Cup victory.
But the positive fallout from the 2013 season hasn’t stopped there, with Inglis being named in the World XIII. All of that pales however in comparison to Inglis’ most recent honour – raising the Australian flag at the WugulOra ceremony at this year’s Australia Day celebrations.
The WugulOra Ceremony, performed on Australia Day, symbolises an acknowledgement of country and marks the start of Australia Day celebrations.
It is a symbolic acknowledgment of the original custodians of this land and where we are as a nation today.
The event will be only the second time in the history of Australia Day that both the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flags will be raised together on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and flown on the 26 January 2014.
“It’s a huge honour – when I first got asked, I had to take a moment to take it in,” admitted Inglis.
“Australia’s not all about black or white, it’s multicultural and we just want to bring everyone together.
“We’re never going to forget what happened in the past, but it’s all about remembrance and also forgiveness. We’ve just got to move on and make this country a better place and a better country to live in.”
Inglis will raise the flag in tandem with surfer Layne Beachley, who will raise the Indigenous flag at the ceremony, beginning at 7.35am at the Sydney Opera House northern boardwalk and concluding just prior to 8.00am.
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