By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The People’s United Party (PUP), along with Belizeans in country and abroad took some time on Friday to honour the Father of the Nation, the Rt. Honourable George Cadle Price (deceased), in commemoration of his birthday.
Members of the PUP gathered at Price’s graveside at the Lord Ridge Cemetery to lay wreaths and recount the contributions he made to Belize’s development.
“The occasion also presents an opportunity for us as a nation to reflect and to remember the many contributions and the selfless service and dedication to Belize, which he embodied. These must continue to live on in each and every one of us if our country is to progress and advance,” the PUP said in a statement.
PUP Leader Francis Fonseca, also called for January 15 to be made a national holiday in Price’s honour.
George Price was born on January 15, 1919 to William and Irene Price. He won a town board election on his second attempt in 1947, having lost his first three years earlier. On September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People’s United Party along with John Smith, Leigh Richardson, Nicholas Pollard and Philip Goldson, which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence for Belize, known at the time as British Honduras.
After the PUP was formed in 1950, Price became the leader in 1956, and began negotiating with Great Britain for Belize’s independence in 1964. Gaining Belize’s independence in 1981, Price is revered as the “Father of the Nation” by Belizeans.
The Statesman passed away on September 19 2011.