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WASHINGTON, Sept 11 – Following is the text of a speech to the nation by President George W. Bush on Tuesday following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon:

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices. Secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

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