Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday as James Lloyd Day. Lloyd was honored for receiving a Congressional Gold Medal at the White House along with other Montford Point Marines back in June. The Montford Point Marines were the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps.
"It's great, means a lot to me, makes me feel proud and enjoy the people that think of me that much," Lloyd told Eyewitness News.
The Montford Point Marines broke the color barrier in 1941, and fought in some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater in World War II.