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#472953 - 09/20/13 11:44 AM To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten
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We spoke to the Opposition Leader at the wreath laying for George Price - who passed on two years ago. Here's how that went at the Lord Ridge Cemetery where they remembered The Great Man.

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman PUP
"He had a true sense of self, a sense of purpose that he tries to view in all of us. A large part because of his education and inspiration and vision we have an enduring national identity - a Belizean identity."

"The Lord plays no favorites. He took Mr. Price from us, Yes although he did I will always be painful at least to me. Today as we gather to honor his passing let us dedicate ourselves to try to accomplish what he did."

Rt. Hon. Said Musa
"He gave us an identity; who are you - a Belizean right. That's what Mr. Price gave us - that identity - all of us Belizean."

Hon. Francis Fonseca
"If you are a market vendor or a street cleaner he was humble in your presence. That's a very important lesson for all of us especially the young people but also those of us who are leaders in our country - that humility must define our leadership."

"He was a special and unique individual and obviously we in the PUP treasure his life and work on his legacy. Indeed we understand that we now share that with all Belizeans, but it is our primary responsibility to keep that life and legacy alive. For us it's a part of the continuing mourning process of coming each year and laying a wreath and remembering our great leader."

"When we are in government I think we have to take some specific steps to ensure that Mr. Price's legacy and his work are properly enshrined in the mind and lives of the Belizean people."

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#472959 - 09/20/13 11:55 AM Re: To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten [Re: Marty]
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2 years after his passing, the late father of the nation, George Price, is remembered

George Price

Across the country today, activities were held to honor the late father of the nation George Price, who has been described as the best Prime Minister Belize has ever had. Price passed away two years, but the iconic figure in Belize’s history is still revered.  To mark his passing, the People’s United Party which he led for decades, held a ceremony at his grave site at the Lord Ridge Cemetery where he was laid to rest because he wanted to be among the people. Leaders that succeeded him, as well as family members, spoke of his legacy. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Two years ago today, the country lost the Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price. Price’s foremost accomplishment is Belize’s independence. Since his passing, September nineteenth has been deemed National Service Day to honor him as well as to continue his legacy of service to country. Today, his party executives and supporters along with school children gathered at his grave site at the Lord Ridge cemetery to lay wreaths at his tomb and honor him. P.U.P. Party Chairman, Henry Charles Usher, spoke on the family’s behalf.

 

Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher, P.U.P. Party Chairman

“Mister Price was a blessing to us and this nation. He was a lesson to the world in how to do things right—with honor, with courage and in unity. He treasured his legacy and he lived humbly with the knowledge that he was part of a legend. He was so original with the way he did things. It never bothered him that he was made sport of. It was right so he soldiered on. He had a true sense of self, a sense of purpose that he tried to improve in all of us.”

 

Former Prime Minister, Said Musa, took up the mantle as leader of the People’s United Party and leader of the country from Price in 1998. Musa gave homage to Price telling the students that Price gave us our identity.

 

Said Musa

Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“Mister Price was the man who had the vision to build a new capital for us, Belmopan, and so many other things he did for the Belizean people. But most of all, he gave us an identity. Who are you? A Belizean right? That’s what Mister Price gave us; that identity. All of us, Belizean. And so as we honor him, we pray that his example and his spirit lives on in our new leader, honorable Francis Fonseca, and the People’s United Party and indeed for all Belize so that we can move forward to a better live for all our people.”

 

But as the years go by, will the legacy of Price wither to dust? The PUP leader, Francis Fonseca says that as a party, they will ensure that that does not happen.

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

Francis Fonseca

“That would be our failing if that happens. I certainly as the leader of the party, I take personal responsible of ensuring that that does not happen. And I think we have to obviously find creative ways of ensuring that that does not happen. Engaging young people is always a challenging task and getting them to understand and appreciate Mister Price’s work and his role in Belize’s development and formation. And it will be challenging as we move on, but we will have to find creative ways. And I think when we are in a people’s United Party government; I think we will have to take some specific steps to ensure that Mister Price’s legacy and work are properly enshrined in the minds and lives of the Belizean people.”

 

George Price died at age ninety-two. Duane Moody for News Five.

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#472965 - 09/20/13 12:14 PM Re: To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten [Re: Marty]
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On creating a peaceful revolution....

Compared to other social revolutions in the region, the Peaceful Constructive Belizean Revolution may seem to have been no more than a peaceful process of constitutional decolonization. George Price, however, did not share this view:

Well, that in itself is a revolution because it had never happened before. A revolution means a change. We've evolved from a colonial to an independent status and that was done in peace. Well, that does not mean that there no isolated violent act or so, but on the whole it was peaceful. I think that in itself is a revolution.

To decolonize in that way is peaceful, but we did more than decolonize. We created a nationality, we created an attitude of mind in the people wanting to be Belizeans, and to work to improve Belize, the society and its economy, its polity, that in itself is a revolution. The programme WAKE UP AND WORK, I think inspired people to get up and work, because that is the only way that we can advance a country and if we succeed in that, that in itself is a revolution - a revolutionary change of mind from that of a colonial status where we are dependent on the colonizers, on the rulers, to one of self-dependence.

(George Price - Father of the Nation Belize)

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#473014 - 09/20/13 09:33 PM Re: To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten [Re: Marty]
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Where did the name BELIZE come from?
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#473030 - 09/21/13 12:27 AM Re: To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten [Re: Marty]
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Belize needs some PR work on that one Harriette, It's a mispronunciation on the name Wallis.
That doesn't fill me with pride.
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#473033 - 09/21/13 12:35 AM Re: To Make Sure Rt. Hon. Price Is Never Forgotten [Re: Marty]
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In the 1827 Almanack the credit for discovering the mouth of the River Belize and making it his place of retreat is given to Captain Peter Wallace, a Lieutenant amongst the Buccaneers from whose name ‘Belize’ is said to be derived. But another theory is that the word Belize comes from the Maya word “balix” which means muddy waters.

The 1839 Almanack gives the founder as the Scots Corsair Chief Wallace, native of Falkland in Kinross-shire (Scotland), who, after being driven from Tortuga, erected huts and a fortalice at a spot called after him by the Spaniards “Wallis” or “Balis”. G.W. Bridges, in the “Annals of Jamaica” 1828 stated that Willis, the notorious Pirate and ex-Governor of Tortuga, was the first Englishman to settle on the river, to which he gave his name. He dates this 1638, the year in which the Spaniards drove the Buccaneers out of Tortuga
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