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September 9th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

After nearly a decade, two 9/11 survivors explain how the event changed their lives

Security will be tight and emotions will be high this weekend as Americans commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Although nearly a decade has passed, many who survived the attacks still struggle with the memories of that tragic day.

Michael Benfante was in a meeting on the 81st floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when American Airlines 77 struck the building four floors above him. As he descended the stairwell, he encountered 41-year-old Tina Hansen, stranded in her wheelchair. With help from a colleague, it took nearly an hour to carry her to safety.

John Yates was in a conference room in with four other colleagues, watching video of the Twin Towers when the plane hit the Pentagon. His colleagues died, but he was able to crawl to safety with second and third degree burns.

Benfante and Yates join Christine Romans on American Morning today to share their stories and to explain how 9/11 has changed their lives.

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