Bertie Bowman, hearing coordinator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, greets Chairman John Kerry before the start of a Thursday hearing on NATO. Bowman, one of the longest-serving African-Americans on the Capitol staff, is the author of “Step by Step: A Memoir of Hope, Friendship, Perseverance, and Living the American Dream,” which tells of his journey from a farm in the Jim Crow South to the halls of Congress.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.