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A woman credited with inspiring the "Rosie the Riveter" poster of World War II with its gutsy slogan of "We Can Do It!" that went on to represent female empowerment decades later, has died.

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U.S. Air Force photo

One of the original Rosie the Riveters who helped win World War II died this morning in Livonia, her family said.

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Photo via Library of Congress

Even as far back as the Revolutionary War, the U.S. government, military, and private groups have used varying forms of propaganda to drum up support for certain political causes. Some of these methods — including posters, comics, and even video games — have become iconic symbols, creating motivation for reaching political ends, thereby framing American patriotism as we know it today.

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Photo by Kyle Hinrichs

Memorial Day and the days around it inspire me and spark feelings of nostalgia. I am inspired by those who served before me and sacrificed their lives, and by the men and women currently serving their country. This attitude persists in the days before and after the holiday weekend. May 29 this year is at the end of the Memorial Day week and includes significant events relative to the observance of fallen heroes.

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