Iran’s National Heroes: Martyr Haj Mahdi Bakeri

Mehdi Bakeri (1954 – 16 March 1985) was an Iranian war hero in the Iran–Iraq War. He was graduated in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tabriz.

As a student, he was actively involved in the anti-Shah regime protests before 1979 Islamic revolution and was arrested several times by Pahlavi regime’s security forces for his revolutionary activities.

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Bakeri served as the mayor and later as the public prosecutor of Uroomiyeh city, West Azerbaijan.

After the former Iraqi regime’s invasion of Iran in early 1980s, Bakeri joined the IRGC (Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) and like many other Iranians rushed to the battle fronts to stop the military onslaught.

He was appointed as the commander of the Ashoura Corps, unit 31, and showed great courage and bravery in the combat against the Iraqi forces.

Haj Mahdi Bakeri was martyred in a fighting with Iraqi troops in Khuzestan province in southern Iran.

He is highly revered as one of Iranian war heroes. A highway in western Tehran has been named after him.

Iranian sculptor Qodratollah Memarian is building a statue of Bakeri to honor his great position as one of the martyrs of the sacred defense against the foreign-backed military invasion of Iran by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The statue has been commissioned by Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization as part of plans to honor Iranian martyrs and promote the culture of martyrdom in the society.

The nine-meter sculpture is to be installed in Shahid Bakeri Highway in western Tehran.


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