September 19th , Thursday, marked the second anniversary of the death of Belize’s First Prime Minister, George Cadle Price. Shadel Dyer –Young prepared the following story paying tribute to the deceased National Hero.
Shadel Dyer –Young reports:
Born George Cadle Price on January 15th 1919, the acclaimed Father of the Nation certainly could not have known the contributing factor he would one day be to the national development of Belize. Price played an essential role in the country attaining sovereignty from Great Britain in 1981. While many other political leaders and civilians yearned for Belize (which was then British Honduras) to become an independent nation, it was Hon. Price who initiated negotiations concerning independence from Britain. This process was certainly not an easy one, as the Rt. Hon. Price and his team were met with immense resistance. One of these conflicts was the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute which forced Hon. Price to seek out alliance from other countries. When all his avenues were exhausted, the former premier, his team and his alliances, took the matter of independence to the world stage – the United Nations (U.N). Belize would consequently achieve independence in September of 1981. While the attainment of Independence may have been the Premier’s greatest accomplishment, it was not his only one. He formed and led the People’s United Party, he advocated for the moving of the capital city from Belize City to Belmopan, and as a deeply devout Christian, he wrote Belize’s National prayer and was instrumental in establishing a nation based on the principles of Christian Democracy and a constitution acknowledging the supremacy of God. In September 2000, Price became the first person to receive Belize’s highest honour, the Order of National Hero, for the prominent role he played in leading the country to independence. Honorable George Price died on September 19, 2011, at the age of 92.