Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018. 10:46 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize’s First Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Geaorge Cadle Price was born on January 15, 1919 and was a true Belizean patriot of Belize, credited with helping Belize attain Independence. Today would have been his 99th birthday.
Annually, a memorial is held along with a wreath laying ceremony in Belmopan and Belize City in celebration of his life.
In 1947, Price won his first municipal election and served as Mayor of Belize City. After Belize’s currency was devalued in 1949, he and a group of politicians founded the People’s Committee which would later become the People’s United Party (PUP) in September of 1950.
Under the PUP, Price served as a member of the Legislative Council from 1954-1961, the Legislative Assembly from 1961 to 1964 and First Minister during the 1961 to 1964 period
When Belize obtained self-government in 1964, Price became Belize’s first Premier and served in the House of Representatives for 20 consecutive years until 1984 when he lost his first election. He served as Prime Minister of Belize from 1981 to 1984, and 1989 to 1993.
Price was relentless in his quest to see Belize become an independent country and under his leadership, the PUP led a campaign to garner international support for Belize’s Independence.
On September 21, 1981, Belize officially became independent and joined the United Nations. On the night of September 20, 1981, the Union Jack flag was lowered while Belizeans sang the Belizean National Anthem and the new Belize flag was lifted.
George Cadle Price was declared a National Hero by the Government of Belize. He was also 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 the PUP and UDP, as well as Belizeans from all walks of life, commonly refer to Price as the Father of the Nation due to his devotion to the people and country of Belize.
Price passed away on September 19, 2011.
A national day of service is commemorated annually on September 19 in his honor. Though it is not a public and bank holiday, Belizeans carry out community service in his memory.
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