- A living legend was a special guest for the Fair St. Louis festivities Thursday. Retired Air Force Major George Boyd was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black World War II pilots that are credited with paving the way for integration in the Armed Forces.

He was the honorary grand marshal of the VP Parade, then spent the rest of the day at a traveling Tuskegee Airmen exhibit.

Boyd says Independence Day is a day we need to guard, preserve, and understand.

"I've enjoyed it," he says. "I've enjoyed meeting the people, and I try to encourage the kids to stay in school and focus on their objectives of whatever their careers are going to be, and to get their grades up. I try to have a positive aspect that I communicate to everybody. I don't care who it is."

The planes the Tuskegee Airmen flew are famously known as the Red Tails.

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