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Jan 15, 2019

George Price’s 100th Birthday Celebrated

George Price

Today marks the one hundredth birthday of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price. Price who is known as the Father of the Nation passed on September nineteenth, 2011, a few days after he suffered a fall. He left a remarkable legacy and today the party he founded in 1950, the People’s United Party, paid tribute to the man who continues to be loved by Belizeans across the political divide. Hipolito Novelo has the story.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

One hundred years ago today, the Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price was born.


John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“He grew up like most of the children of the day, under the colonial rule where there was no electricity, little if any running water, no modern plumbing and none of those basic things we today take for granted.”


George Cadle Price fought many uphill battles, transforming himself into what many Belizeans see him as:


John Briceño

 “A virtuous man and someone who would be chosen to lead this nation to independence.”


Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“A revolutionary, a determined man. Relentless in his pursuit of our right to be an independent nation. Other says a Belizean hero, national building, a worker, a servant of the people, a force of nature in the form of a statesman. An intellectual change agent with a soft demeanor but with a warrior spirit. Some others say he was the epitome of humility, selfless services and one love for country. I was amazed by one who said he was a lion, a true servant of the people. Another one said beloved father to our beautiful country Belize and our people.”


Since the passing of Price on September nineteenth, 2011, the leadership of the People’s United Party has been gathering at his resting place-the Lord Ridge Cemetery- where his life would not be mourned but celebrated.


John Briceño

“We are here because we must never forget that we are a part of a human family and as such is it our duty to help one another. That is why our party we say serve the people. We understand that those words mean far more than just a nice slogan. For us, it is our way of life.”


It was Price’s way of life. Price died at age ninety-two, leaving an immense legacy; one filled with accolades including Belize’s highest honor, the order of national hero, and the respect of Belizeans across the political divide.


Sylvia Flores

Sylvia Flores, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives

“George Price was the child of Belize. Belize gave birth to him and nurtured and thus he was sent to fulfill the mission of his creator and not necessarily to fulfill the desires of his parents. Much has been written, said and remembered about the accomplishments of George Price. One such singular accomplishment has been the attainment of our sovereign Belizean independence with all our territories intact. Under his leadership, Belize experienced the introduction of universal adult suffrage in 1954. Prior to this time, only propertied males could vote. Today every adult Belizean, eighteen years and older, has the right to exercise his or her vote. A remarkable achievement by a man missioned to serve his Belizean people. Then there was the achievement of internal self-government in 1964 which would serve as the precursor or forerunner to what would become Mr. Price’s most coveted achievement; the attainment in 1981 of our Belizean political independence.”


Hipolito Novelo, News Five.

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