Patrick Henry, aka Jerry Cameron, will speak at this month’s Military Officers Association of America, Ancient City Chapter’s luncheon meeting. The meeting will begin at noon Thursday at Amici’s Italian Restaurant, 1915 A1A South.
An outspoken proponent of American principles, Cameron has spent a considerable portion of his life studying the foundation of the United States. Those studies led him to admire Patrick Henry, particularly Henry’s history-making speech, “A Call to Arms.” Cameron studied this speech and Henry’s other speeches for more than two years. His research included historical documents, visiting places where Henry had lived and given speeches, and watching re-enactors.
As a result, Cameron has been re-enacting “A Call to Arms” for more than 10 years and has presented the speech to churches, civic organizations, political organizations and private events, to include The James Madison Institute, Reason Foundation, the State Convention for the Republican Liberty Caucus, and the South Carolina Association for Constitutionally Elected Executives. He received the Community Service Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his presentations of the historic speech.
Cameron has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector, and 20 years in the private sector. He served as chief of police in two jurisdictions and as city manager for the city of Fernandina Beach. He is a graduate from the 150th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Cameron has lived in St. Johns County for more than 20 years. He is married to Daphne Cameron, and they have two daughters. He recently retired from his position as St. Johns County’s assistant county administrator for community services, a position that he held for more than 9 years.
All current and past officers in the nation’s military, or the wife, husband, widow/widower of an officer, or friends thereof, are invited to attend the luncheon. The cost is $20.