Freedom isn't free

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"Freedom Is Not Free" engraved on the Washington, D.C. Korean War Veterans Memorial.

"Freedom isn't free", "freedom is not free", "freedom's not free", or "freedom ain't free" is an American idiom, used widely in the United States to express gratitude to the military for defending personal freedoms. The idiom may be used as a rhetorical device.


The idiom expresses gratitude for the service of members of the military, implicitly stating that the freedoms enjoyed by many citizens in many democracies are possible only through the risks taken and sacrifices made by those in the military, drafted or not. The saying is often used to convey respect specifically to those who have given their lives in defense of freedom.

"Freedom Is Not Free" is engraved into one wall at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.. There is a reflective pool in front of the memorial.[1]

Popular culture[edit]

"Freedom Isn't Free" is the name of a song by Trey Parker in the movie Team America: World Police[2] and is also the name of a song recorded by Up with People.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Memorial". Korean War Vets Memorial. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  2. ^ "Team America - Freedom Isn't Free Lyrics | MetroLyrics". Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. ^ "Freedom Isn't Free". Up with People. Retrieved June 23, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)