Gallant Garden, the cemetery reserved for people who die while performing exceptional acts of bravery, has become the final resting place of 24 civil servants since it was commissioned in 1996. Nurse Lau Wing-kai, 38, who died of Sars last month after caring for people suffering from the disease, is due to be buried today with the highest honours in the special cemetery. The 2,000-square-metre burial ground in Fanling's Wo Hop Shek Cemetery was originally designated for civil servants who were killed on duty. However, the government decided in September 2000 to grant permanent burials to all Hong Kong citizens who die or are killed while performing an exceptional act of bravery. Most people buried at Gallant Garden have been posthumously awarded a bravery medal by the chief executive on the recommendation of the honours committee. The cemetery comprises 110 permanent graves, 165 urn spaces and a columbarium consisting of 120 niches. At the centre of Gallant Garden is a Chinese-style pavilion, which has a poem praising justice and courage written by a Song Dynasty official, Wan Tianchang, inscribed on a wall.