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Father of the Nation honored

A number of school children joined family, friends and supporters at the grave of former Prime Minister George Cadle Price, as they marked the seventh anniversary of his death.  Price, who had an illustrious political career and was known as the Father of the Nation, led Belize to its independence on September 21, 1981.  Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner reflected on Price’s legacy.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Today we comfort ourselves with the memory of his life, his singular devotion to Belize and almost one hundred years after his birth we remain inspired by his words and actions. Today on this somber anniversary we mourn the great loss that today’s anniversary marks but we also celebrate his life and work. We will record our sadness and show our love and appreciation for his incredible life and life’s work on behalf of every single citizen of Belize, to God and our country.”

The former Prime Minister was well known for his emphasis on service to the nation.  In his honor, several trees were planted at Dolphin Park.  Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, noted that Price served this nation wholeheartedly.

John Briceno, Opposition Leader:Mr.Price did for us he served this country unselfishly and that he can always be that example of what people expect of their leaders, a person that’s humble, a person that is caring, a person that loves and genuinely wants to be able to serve the people and this is one day that we can take that opportunity on the very day that he left us to take that time out, do some reflection and at the same time to do some kind of activity to try to honor the life of Mr.Price.”

Price was the first Prime Minister of Belize and the leader of the People’s United Party. Former Prime Minister Said Musa said that Price was able to move this nation from a regressive colonial territory to an independent, emerging nation.