As we celebrate the 10th and 21st. Let us recall why we celebrate, let’s put the noise aside and remember that it was one step toward our Independence. A fight to make us, well, Belize. Today, the reason for the day has all but vanished into the shadows of the carnival and the celebrations, bram and jam.
No, I am not saying to not celebrate and have fun, I’m saying to remember why you are doing that, why you even have something to celebrate.
Remember that on the 10th, we defeated an attack from the Spanish. One the 21st we became a Nation and a People, Independent and Free.
214 years after the Battle of St George’s Caye and 31 years after Independence, we have quite literally become a people of ignorance and complacency. Not knowing what we have, what it’s worth and how much we need to fight for it. Even before we became us; our fore-father knew what all this was worth. They fought for it dearly and we have all but let it fall to shambles in the face of politics and political fanaticism. Patriotism – something we once had in the essence of our being. In years gone by it meant to put our country and country men and women first and more. Today it means defending your political party and politician to the end and taking down you fellow man in the process.
Today more than even, we MUST refrain from the noise and pollution clouding our senses. Whatever happened to our natural instinct of safety? We are at the brink of possibly losing our nation and people and we prefer to fight our countrymen and women for political affiliations and individualism. When will you realize that we are walking down the wrong path? Where have we taken the dreams our forefathers had for us as a nation and people? A dream to ensure that we were an individual amidst a world of nations, a nation of prosperity and a better future for all. As we celebrate this month that brings us from the initial battle to send the Spanish packing, to our Independence; let us hold our heads high and recall that dream. Let us close our eyes, take a deep breath and think about where we have been, where we are and where we’re going.
Patriotism: Love for one’s country.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
– John F. Kennedy
- a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
- a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the government.
I leave you with this…
- How much is your country worth to you?
- How much is you countryman or countrywoman worth to you?
- How much is your Belizeanism worth?
- Are you willing to throw that away?
Then ask yourself this…
- What am I willing to do to ensure that what is important to me remain apart of me?
- What am I willing to do to make sure that I remain a Belizean?
- What am I willing to do to ensure that my children and their children’s children remain Belizean?
- What am I willing to do to ensure I leave a better Belize for future generations?
Some words from Mr. Price himself…
“When I was travelling the important people were the people themselves and talking to them, seeing their homes, if they have enough to eat, if they are well, all these things used to register. It was not just a social event.”
“This symbolic transition to the independent state of Belize signifies the fulfillment of a decolonization which as a metropolitan country and founding member of the United Nations, the United Kingdom undertook to accomplish under the charter. Belize was the last British colony on the Central American mainland and the transition deserves the admiration and the support of all peaceful, freedom-loving nations. At our request and with our gratitude, the military presence of the United Kingdom will remain here for an appropriate time to be decided according to future circumstances—no longer as a colonial power, but as a welcomed partner. The United Kingdom has agreed to help us preserve and promote peace and well-being in our region. We continue our work—not only to build Belize to get greater levels of economic growth and social progress, but in doing so to remove causes of conflict and to corporate in the economic development of the region with all our neighbors in friendship, harmony and peace. As we become a member of the world committees, we hear the questions asked what is Belize and it’s people and how will they fit among you? In reply; Belize is a Caribbean and Central American nation which works and lives in revolution that is peaceful, constructive, new, progressive and Belizean.”
“Independence, because we respect each other, they are not to interfere with our internal matters. I would say the fight against colonialism has ended and the British has done very honorably by caring out the process of colonization under the obligation of the chart of the United Nations and for that we thank them. But we ourselves have said much has been done but much more has yet to be done and we felt with a state of independence we can do the much more that is yet to be done.”
“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.”
- Too many PUP and UDP…not enough Belizeans (cayobuay.wordpress.com)
- Celebrating Belize: “Many Faces, Many Dreams, but One Goal” (repeatingislands.com)
- Battle of St. George’s Caye (fiwebelize.com)