About the Remembrance
The Missing Persons Remembrance is dedicated to the men, women and children of New York State who have been reported missing, and offers families affected by the unexplained disappearance of a loved one a place to reflect and remember. It was created in partnership with Mary and Doug Lyall and their non-profit organization, the Center for Hope. The Lyall’s daughter, Suzanne, has been missing since 1998, and her birthday, April 6th, has been designated as Missing Persons Day in New York State.
The Remembrance stands on a small hill on the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and Swan Street, and can be reached by a curving concrete path through a scattering of mature evergreens. A square, gray granite base is surmounted by a 20-foot-tall stainless steel sculptural frame that supports an eternal flame, which is meant to both literally and figuratively provide the light home.
In addition to the Remembrance site, the Center for Hope, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, the Office of General Services (OGS), and the New York State Museum have installed Missing Persons Kiosks at the Empire State Plaza and New York State Museum. The kiosks will provide the public with access to the most current information available about missing persons. The kiosks also offer safety information and instructions on what to do if someone goes missing.