Press TV, Tehran
Iran's president Ebrahim Raeisi was one of the senior officials who attended this gathering in Tehran to honor Iranian war veterans and the families of those who gave their lives to defend the country during the 1980s Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
In his address to the ceremony, the Iranian president said Iran owes its present security and independence to the sacrifices Iranian soldiers made during the war. The Iraq-Iran war broke out more than one and a half years after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
Iraq was fully supported, both militarily and psychologically, by the US and its allies. What's worst was that those countries denied Iran access to foreign arms. Iranian military officials say the Islamic Republic emerged victorious out of all those hardships and has grown into a military power today.
The event came on the first day of the national sacred defense week, which marks the beginning of the Iraq-Iran war. Every year on the occasion, Iran holds military parades and arms shows across the country as a show of might against the backdrop of the US-led arms embargoes.
The Islamic Republic says it is now producing over 80 percent of its needed weapons indigenously. The Islamic Republic takes great pride in defending the country during the longest war of the 20th century, which was waged by Iraq and supported by the West.
More importantly, it looks at the eight year war as the dawn of the country's self-sufficiency in the defense sector, saying today, Iran can ensure its security using its own indigenous arms.