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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 11, 2001

God Bless the Victims!
Statement by the President (George W. Bush) in His Address to the Nation
September 11, 2001 - 8:30 P.M. EDT

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First Tower Hit
American Airlines Flight 11 was the first plane to be hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m, September 11, 2001.
Second Tower Hit
United Airlines Flight 175 was the second plane hijacked on September 11, 2001. Terrorists flew the plane into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Good evening. 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, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America -- with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.

Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

One World Trade Center (South Tower) begins to collapse after it was hit by a plane in a terrorist attack.
One World Trade Center (South Tower) begins to collapse after it was hit by a plane in a terrorist attack. Photo by Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

Thank you to the NYFD
Photo by David C. Turnley / Corbis

The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.

The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me."

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.

END - 8:35 P.M. EDT

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Firemen Raising The Flag At WTC
Firefighters Dan McWilliams of Long Island & George Johnson of Rockaway Beach (both from Ladder 157) & Billy Eisengrein of Staten Island (Rescue 2) raise the flag amid the debris of the World Trade Center. Photographer: Thomas E. Franklin / The Record
After the Flag Raising
This photo is not credited to Thomas E. Franklin. It's here because it's related to the picture above.

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The Unforgotten
3. National Reaction: Speeches
President Bush at Booker Elementary School [September 11, 2001 - 9:30 A.M. EDT]
Press Briefing [September 11, 2001 - 7:15 P.M. EDT]
Karen Hughes Press Briefing [September 11, 2001]
Barksdale Air Force Base [September 11, 2001]
Statement by the President in His Address to the Nation [September 11, 2001 - 8:30 P.M. EDT]
Tuesday, September 11, 2001: A Proclamation [September 11, 2001]
The President While Touring Damage at the Pentagon [September 12, 2001 - 5:53 P.M. EDT]
President Bush Salutes Heroes in New York [September 14, 2001 - 4:40 P.M. EDT]
President Bush Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrance [September 14, 2001 - 1:00 P.M. EDT]
Address to a Joint Session of Congress [September 20, 2001 - 9:00 P.M. EDT]
The President: DOD Service of Remembrance [October 11, 2001 - 11:55 A.M. EDT]
Charlie Daniels: Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch! [February 24, 2003]

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