The 14th annual memorial ceremony for Connecticut victims lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will take place Thursday evening at Sherwood Island State Park.

The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. the state’s memorial on a peninsula of the park, where residents people gathered on that day in 2001 because the devastation from the attacks on lower Manhattan could be seen across Long Island Sound. The site was also used as a staging area for Connecticut's relief efforts to New York City in the wake of the attacks.

Family and friends of the state residents killed in the attacks will be on hand for the ceremony, which also will be attended by state officials.

Several local groups have led efforts over the last few years to restore plants at the memorial site, which were damaged or lost to storms, particularly Superstorm Sandy.

Through donations from the Compo Cove Association, the 9/11 Memorial on Sherwood Island fund, and those who donated to the Friends of Sherwood Island’s “100 Trees for One Hundred Years,” plantings around the memorial have been restored. With the help of park employees, three Juniper trees, 10 to 12 feet tall, and three bayberry bushes, 3 feet tall, have been planted on the memorial grounds.