They crowded the room, stripping and snipping and placing red, white and blue -- well, purple -- blossoms into pails of water.
An anonymous gift of 3,000 flowers to honor Chattanooga's fallen veterans gave city residents another opportunity Wednesday to show support for the friends and family of five slain service members.
The donor gave the blooms to city of Chattanooga, which asked the United Way of Greater Chattanooga to assemble volunteers to prepare the flowers for Staff Sgt. David Wyatt's funeral.
Anna McElwee, left, and Kapri Defelice work with other volunteers to prepare 3,000 flowers that will be placed and distributed Friday at the funeral of Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, one of five service members killed by a gunman July 16.