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Sep 20, 2011

A Tribute to the Leader Emeritus

The love from the Freetown Division for the Father of the Nation, Right Honorable George Price, is strong among supporters of his generation who worked the peaceful, constructive revolution. But how do young people relate to Price? This morning on the eve of independence, News Five’s Andrea Polanco got reaction from high school students.


“He was a man who dedicated himself to his country and his family. He never gave up the thought of independence, he fought hard for it and when he got it he was the only leader in the Caribbean who took his nation to independence without bloodshed. And I must say that we should be proud of the man who led the country for so many years in such a peaceful manner. We must always remember that George Price was the greatest leader the country ever had.”

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

While the older citizens of Belize grieve the loss of this iconic Belizean figure, the younger generation shared their views on the man who wore many hats, the late Right Hon. George Cadle Price:

Asher Mendoza

Asher Mendoza, Third Form, E.P Yorke

“It meant, it was very sorrowful at first but then in the end I felt like a great glory, victory right; because he was the father of the nation right? He stressed, he pressed, he strained for us and he continued to uphold the country and try to bring them up from a lesser developed country to a more developed country so that was quite meaningful to me”

Kyle Perez, First Form, St. John’s College

Kyle Perez

“Well it was very sad because he was also a part of the St. John’s Family so it was a really hard thing to take and he was a good person in life.”

Asher Canto, Fourth Form E.P. Yorke

“Right Honorable George Cadle Price, he’s the father of our nation and personally I think he was a good man. He did a lot of good things for our country. My feelings towards him, he had a successful life.”

Asher Canto

While Belize prepares to celebrate thirty years of sovereignty, a movement led by the Father of the nation, the young people weigh their thoughts on independence and the progress of the nation:

Asher Mendoza

“Basically for the political part, the leaders I see that most of them try to do their best in each different sector and dimension of where they work. But I have seen maturity in our leaders and that has grown very much.”

Ashley Rudon

Ashley Rudon, Third Form Nazarene High School

“Well Belize got its independence; it makes its own elections for the Prime Minister for your own Prime Minister who you think is good. That it is a free country.”

While some believe it is fitting for the country to observe a day in honor of the late leader, the young students had consensus on the idea:

Zarina Zetina

Zarina Zetina, Fourth Form, Pallotti High School

“Yes I believe that we should have a special day for the honorable George Cadle Price, as he is the father of our nation. He is the one who brings about the independence, bring us Belize. If it wasn’t for him we probably won’t be here as it is.”

Asher Mendoza

“I am not really against it I am for it because it expresses our gratitude to him so I don’t mind. It is our privilege to have it for him.”

Shawna Cal

Shawna Cal, Fourth Form, Pallotti

“Yes I do believe that because we should honor him for what he did so I do believe that we should have a George Price Day.”

Asher Canto

“George Cadle Price Day, yes, people in my class they love the fact of another holiday, who doesn’t? But I am more of an academic student. I do not mind another holiday but to me it all boils down to the government, if they want it they can have it; paying my respects, I would love to have it.”

Michelle Vernon

Michelle Vernon, Fourth Form, Nazarene High School

“Yes because he was the father of the nation like you said because he was a humble man and he didn’t worry about being rich or fame or anything he just wanted our country to be free.”

Hubert Joseph, Fourth Form Nazarene High School

Hubert Joseph

“Yes ma’m I would like to see that because he is someone that we should honor because he did, he brought us where we are today so I will like to  honor him every year yuh know, continue to celebrate his achievements for our country.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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3 Responses for “A Tribute to the Leader Emeritus”

  1. Juliet R.Grinstead says:

    Dear Belizeans; Today as Belize celebrates it’s 30 years of Independence let all remember the great legacy of The Rt. Honorable George C. Price selfless dedication to The Jewel. Let all of us help one another, live in Peace and Prosperity, erradicating violence and poverty. Wake Up and Work!!!

  2. Bernard O. Aguet says:

    ” My Fellow Belizeans”, as the now deceased, ” Father Of Our Nation” used to address us at all the People’s Untied Party rallies at the old Battle Field, now Central park.The Rt. Honorable George Cadle Price was not only the Greatest, Knowledgeable, Prudent, .Sincere and .Dedicated Politician that we have ever known. He was far more than that, He was a Man, Religeous, Fair-minded, Genuine , and Humble. He was a Belizean, who was endowed with the gift to discern fellow Belizeans with the talent and the willingingness to help build the Peaceful, Constructive, Belizean Revolution with him, and would afford every opportunity to that or those persons to progress. I had his blessings to serve as his Polling and Counting Agent in the General Elections of 1975 and 1979, which he won handily.
    In conclusion, On behalf of my Family and Myself, I would like to extend my sincerest and Heartfelt Sympathy to the Price’s Family, Mrs.Jane Usher, Mrs.Craig, Mrs Canton, Mrs. Balderamos and Dr. Judy Price. Fellow Belizeans , Our loss is the Heavenly Celestials gain. Let not the work of this Monument of a Belizean Hero go in vain. Older Belizeans, remember that Knowledge is to have it to impart it.Help the Young Belizeans to remember the Peaceful, Constructive, Belizean Revolutuon.
    Rt. Honorable George Cadle Price, When we meet again, we shall smile, If not ], Then this parting was well made.

  3. Gary says:

    I do believe with all fairness to us Belizeans and especially for Mr. Price that we should make this an official public and bank holiday……As a proud Belizean, yes i enjoyed the day off, but always felt that it was wrong for us to hv been celebrating Columbus day every year for so many years which means nothing but a complete lie to us…Lets give the day to Mr. Price with honors!!!!!!!!!

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