YESTERDAY a Newport community held their annual memorial service for the victims of 9/11 and remembered those those currently suffering from war.

Bettws Shopping Centre has hosted a memorial service every since 2002. In the program for the service it read: "We first held this service for the victims of the 11th September 2001, but now it's about the whole world's urgent need for peace and reconciliation."

School children, members of the emergency services, councillors, veterans and Newport mayor, Councillor Suller, were among those gathered at the memorial in Bettws yesterday (WEDS) morning.

School children took part in readings and lit candles throughout the service and members of the St. David's choir also sang.

Val Delahaye, councillor for the Bettws ward, was at the service and said: "It's always very nicely done. I think it's a very good thing.

"People do enjoy it. The school children enjoy taking part particularly."

The service was brought up to date by reflecting on the ongoing conflict in other parts of the world. Canon Henry Davies, chaplain of Bettws in Bloom, lead the service and together, the congregation prayed for the leaders of this nation and all others working toward peace.

Students from Monnow primary school prayed for those in Syria, Egypt, Mali and Somalia.