The account of the divers appears to resonate with a cross-spectrum of Iranian society, given the cruelty of Baath regime during the Iran-Iraq War and the current cruelty witnessed in the region at the hands of ISIL.
This turnout also serves to further validate what observers inside and outside of Iran have described as a now prevailing, popular support for Iranian military assistance provided to Syria and Iraq. This support is now being expressed openly by Reformists (see HERE).
To put this American terms, the "Support our Troops" movement so prevailing since 9/11 may be instructive in understanding such a sociopolitical shift, especially when compared to the American era of the latter Vietnam War and its aftermath.
Conservative elements of society carrying coffins of fallen soldiers and combat divers from the Iran-Iraq War
Such a large, united response prompted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to characterize the event as “one of the most memorable events of the revolution.”
Solemn-appearing IRGC lieutenant colonel serving as pallbearer
Emotional turnout for returned remains of fallen soldiers and combat divers from the Iran-Iraq War
Photo of the young Iranian military combat engineers, just prior to deployment during Operation Karbala-4
Exhumed remains of young combat diver, hands bound, buried alive by Baath-Iraqi troops during the Iran-Iraq War
Iran's political and military leadership has taken the occasion to promote the assigning of blame for the failure of Operation Karbala-4 on American support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War.
Photos: Islamic Republic News Agency