1. Wide of George W. Bush, United States President, at a service for the Victims of Communism Memorial
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, US President:
"The 20th century will be remembered as the deadliest century in human history. And the record of this brutal era is commemorated in memorials across this city. Yet, until now, our nation's capital had no monument to the victims of imperial communism, an ideology that took the lives of an estimated 100 million innocent men, women and children. So it's fitting that we gather to remember those who perished at communism's hands and dedicate this memorial that will enshrine their suffering and sacrifice in the conscience of the world."
3. Cutaway of Bush at podium
4. Wide of crowd
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, US President:
"Communist regimes did more than take their victims' lives; they sought to steal their humanity and erase their memory. With this memorial, we restore their humanity and we reclaim their memory. With this memorial, we say of communism's innocent and anonymous victims: these men and women lived and they shall not be forgotten."
6. Cutaway of Bush speaking in front of the memorial
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, US President:
"It's important that we recall these lessons, because the evil and hatred that inspired the death of tens of millions of people in the 20th century is still at work in the world. We saw its face on September the 11th, 2001. Like the communists, the terrorists and radicals who attacked our nation are followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims. Like the communists, our new enemies believe the innocent can be murdered to serve a radical vision."
8. Cutaway of crowd standing and applauding
9. Bush standing in front of memorial, shaking hands with other speakers as he leaves the stage
United States President George W. Bush honoured the memories of those killed under communist regimes on Tuesday, at the unveiling of a new memorial dedicated to the victims of communism, in Washington, DC.
Nearly 14 years after supporters began lobbying for a monument to the victims of Communist regimes, the new memorial is ready for visitors.
The Victims of Communism Memorial is centred around a "Goddess of Democracy" statue, which is based on the plastic foam and paper-mache sculpture erected by demonstrators during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in China.
It honours what supporters say are the 100 (m) million people who've died as a result of totalitarian communist regimes since the early 20th century.
Speaking at a dedication ceremony on Tuesday morning, Bush said the record of the brutalities of the 20th century are commemorated in memorials across Washington, DC.
But until now, he said there had been no monument to remember the victims of communism, "an ideology that took the lives of an estimated 100 (m) million innocent men, women and children."
"It's fitting that we gather to remember those who perished at Communism's hands and dedicate this memorial that will enshrine their suffering and sacrifice in the conscience of the world," Bush told the audience.
Bush compared the Communists to the "radicals" who attacked the US in the September 11, 2001 attacks, and said both radicals and Communists were "followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims."
"Like the Communists, our new enemies believe the innocent can be murdered to serve a radical vision," Bush said.
Tens of millions of people were killed in communist regimes, from China to the Soviet Union, Cambodia to Africa, North Korea to Vietnam.
Bush delivered his words on the 20th anniversary of one of the most famous speeches given by former US President, Ronald Reagan, who, standing at the Berlin Wall, challenged then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
The wall fell two years later in 1989 as communist rule collapsed in East Germany and Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe.