A legend, a simple man, a hero that led a piece of land and a people to a Nation in the making. A humble spirit that always put the people first, even when it cost him his own money and time. You kind sir, have left a legacy that cannot be matched, you have left for us a nation with a great future; if only our current leaders could see what you saw for Belize. It is my hope that the politicians of today, in your honor would take a step back, study and analyze this dream and bring it back to life and step away from their current status-co of greed, corruption, tyranny, deception and power hungriness; for the betterment of Belize and all Belizeans.
Gorge Cadle Price, the eldest of 10 children, George Price was born on January 15, 1919 in Belize City to William and Irene Price Nee Escalante and passed away today September 19, 2011 at 6:30am.
Receiving his primary education at Holy Redeemer School, he attended St. John’s College High School from 1931-1935, after which he spent the next 9 years at St. Augustine’s Minor Seminary in Mississippi, U.S.A., and Mayor Seminario Conciliar in Guatemala City.
Price entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council. Three years later, on September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People’s United Party (PUP), which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence of the British colony, then known as British Honduras.
Alongside Belizean fighters like Clifford Betson, Antonio Soberanis, Henry Middleton, Nicholas Pollard Sr., John Smith, Herbert, FullerHerman Jex, Leigh Richardson, Phillip Goldson … Belize, then British Honduras; was on its way to becoming an independent nation and Price, on his way to becoming a national icon, hero and being named Father of the Nation
- 1982: Member of the Privy Council.
- The Order of the Caribbean Community.
- 2000: The Order of National Hero, the first to receive this award in Belize.
We are called to build this nation; to ensure that it is Christian and prosperous; free. A nation whose citizens are distinguished by correct sense of national pride, dignity, and virtue. We are called to put an end to every trace of prejudice, ignorance and mistrust. Such is the nature and challenge which confront us – this, our appointment with history.
(Speech given by First Minister George Price at Wesley Church, Sunday, August 5, 1962)
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