By Marion Ali
The People’s United Party (PUP), observed National Service Day on Friday with a now customary wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of the late George Price, Father of the Nation.
The event took place on September 19, the date that Mr Price passed – incidentally just two days before Independence Day – the single most important national event that he fought for and attained.
In addressing students of Saint Martin de Porres Primary, scouts, and relatives and friends of the fallen former leader, Francis Fonseca, the current PUP leader said that it is imperative for his party to ensure that the legacy and memory of Mr Price is preserved and passed on to future generations.
“There is a sense of longing for George Price’s leadership, his commitment to Belize that seems to be lacking today in 2014”, Fonseca opined.
Former Prime Minister, Said Musa reflected on one of Mr Price’s pieces of work. “As he said in one of his poems ‘Little people have tried and turned away. Nation building is task for giants.'”
Mr Price’s grand-nephew and chairman of the PUP, Henry Usher, challenged Belizeans to do some soul-searching.
“We must reflect on what we are and who we are as a country and what we want to achieve going forward. And I think that it is most important for you young people to hear the message that George Price said 50 years ago of what it means t0 be a Belizean. We must build our country and we must be faithful to our God.”
Mr Price’s younger sister, Katharine “Suzie” Price laid the family wreath. Among the attendees at the ceremony were party executive members, supporters of the PUP, supporters of Mr Price’s philosophy and close relatives.
Mr Price died on September 19, 2011, a few days after he fell down in his bathroom and suffered a severe head injury. He was 92 years old.