As today is Memorial Day, a holiday in the United States instituted to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, the Word of the Week seemed to pick itself.
Brother of the Blade (noun)
Swordsman or soldier; a fellow soldier in a shared struggle.
Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship. ~ Eric Massa
In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one. ~ H.L. Mencken
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty. ~ Sallust