Belize City: Monday, January 14, 2019.
One hundred years ago, on the 15th of January 1919, George Price was born here in what was known then as a colony named British Honduras. Like most children of his time, he grew up under colonial rule without the basic amenities like running water, electricity and none of the modern-day facilities we enjoy and take for granted today.
However, none of these challenges prevented him from being a good person, a virtuous man who wanted to be a priest that would serve his fellowman in a pastoral capacity. He did not aspire to become the father of the nation but; he followed his calling in politics dedicating his entire life as our leader who lead us as people into nationhood and independence.
In 1947, Price won his first municipal election and served as Mayor of Belize City.
The currency British Honduras used back then was devalued in 1949 and as a result George Price, and a group of men got together and founded the People’s Committee which would emerge as the People’s United Party in September of 1950.
Mr. Price served as a Member of the Legislative Council from 1954-1961, the Legislative Assembly from 1961 to 1964 and First Minister during 1961 to 1964 colonial rule. Upon obtaining self-government in 1964, Mr. Price became Belize’s Premier serving in the House of Representatives for 20 consecutive years. He became Belize’s First Prime Minister in 1981 when Belize became independent from Great Britain until 1984 when he lost his seat for the first time in an election but in 1989, he served another term as Prime Minister until 1993.
George Cadle Price was declared a National Hero by the Government of Belize, awarded the Jose Marti Award – Cuba’s Highest Award by President Fidel Castro, and he is also a recipient of the Order of the Caribbean Community.
Both political parties and the wider population acknowledges Mr. Price as the ‘Father of the Nation’ due to his lifelong devotion to the people and country of Belize.
The Father of the Nation passed away on September 19, 2011.
This past Tuesday, 15th January 2019, George Cadle Price would have celebrated 100 years, and his beloved People’s United Party hosted a Memorial Mass at the Holy Redeemer Cathedral and held a Remembrance ceremony with the laying of wreaths at his grave site at the Lord’s Ridge Cemetery.