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Frederick Steckler, chief administrative officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, makes remarks prior to unveiling the Visionary Veterans exhibit Nov. 10 at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Visionary Veterans Exhibit in Alexandria

New exhibit honors Navy inventors.

On the surface, they have little in common. Lewis Latimer was the child of escaped slaves while Maxime Faget dreamed of life beyond the stars nearly a century later.