Three years ago , National Hero and, “Father of the Nation” Right Honorable George Price, died at 92 after failing to recover from a fall at home.
On Friday he was fondly remembered by those who knew him best and loved him most – members and supporters of the People’s United Party (PUP), who laid wreaths at his grave site at Lord’s Ridge Cemetery, Belize City.
After prayers from Roman Catholic priest Father Oliver Smalls, Price’s grandnephew and current chairman of the PUP, Henry Charles Usher, spoke directly to the visiting students of St. Martin de Porres R.C. Primary School as he explained why a new outlook is needed in Belize.
“There’s so much violence in our streets today, so much violence in our homes, so much violence on the media.
It is very sad when I hear my children say, when I’m watching the news they come out and they say, ‘Dad, who get shot today? Or, ‘Who got shot yesterday?’ That is not what the news is all about. News should be about what is good in our country.
The faces that I see out here, young people, I know that this is what is good in our country. You are the hope of Belize, and you are the hope of us, the Price family, that you will continue the legacy of Uncle George.”
Former PUP leader and former Prime Minister, Said Musa, in reflecting on Price’s leadership style and ability to interact with all who knew and met him, said that the policy recently espoused by Lake Independence representative Mark King, that Belizeans of one political party go ahead of others, is contrary to Price’s vision of a unified country with opportunities for all.
“One of the things he made us understand in our motto of the People’s United Party is that we must serve the people. Politics is about service. That’s what George Price taught all of us. Politics is about having a vision and to seek about uniting the people. It is not about saying this party first, and the rest of Belizeans second, and the PUP third. It’s not about that. In fact, that is the very opposite of what Mr Price taught us. But we all believe that it’s Belizeans first. Right?”
Current PUP leader Francis Fonseca told reporters that compared to current leaders, Belizeans are just now starting to prefer and remember Price’s singular style.
“As a party, we have put greater effort into organizing our tribute to Mister Price, if you like, but I also think it is a reflection of the times that we are living in. I think increasingly people are remembering and reflecting on the leadership of Mister Price, and remembering how much he stood for unity in our nation, at a time in 2014 when we seem to be so divided on many issues.
So I even think in our own party and in the wider society, there is a sense of longing for George Price’s leadership, his commitment to Belize. That seems to be lacking today in 2014.”
In addition to the official party-endorsed wreath and one from the Price family laid by sister Susie, two others were laid. The party also typically lays wreaths at the grave, in the center of the family’s plot at Lord’s Ridge, on George Price’s birthday on January 15.