Rt. Honourable George Cadle Price – Father of the Nation – by Shary Trejo, Island Link Cafe and Internet
On September 26, 2011 in Belize
As Belize prepared for its 30th Anniversary of Independence on Wednesday, September 21st 2011, the death of the Rt. Honourable George Cadle Price shocked the country; 2 days short of his milestone achievement.
Mr. Price was born in Belize City on January 15th 1919 and died on September 19th 2011, aged 92. He is considered to be one of the principal architects of the country’s independence. He was the first Prime Minister of Belize and one of the founders of the People’s United Party (PUP). Mr. Price led the country from its colonial state, British Honduras, into the independent country, Belize. Because of him, Belize is what it is today.
Mr. Price, served as a Member of the Legislative Council from 1954-1961, The Legislative Assembly from 1961 to 1964, The House of Representatives from 1964-1984, First Minister from 1961 to 1964, Premier from 1964 to 1981 and Prime Minister of Belize from 1981 to 1984, and 1989 to 1993. He was awarded the status of National Hero by the Government of Belize, the Jose Marti Award – Cuba’s Highest Award by President Fidel Castro, and the Order of the Caribbean Community.
The Right Honourable George Cadle Price is and will always be known as the “Father of the Nation”, “Father of Independence”, a “National Hero” among other titles given to him by both Belizeans and others.
Today, September 26th 2011, a state funeral was held in the city of Belmopan, our capital, and was attended by much family, friends, colleagues and especially the citizens of Belize. To him we give thanks for giving the country of Belize its own identity.