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Dear...,

Our daughter, ..., is in year ..., and I kindly request that you grant permission for us to take her out of school on Tuesday 9th May to take part in one of the most significant dates for Russian across the world - Victory Day, a day of remembrance for veterans who fought in WWII.

As you may know .... has a Russian family, and one of the ways that people in Russia show their respect and appreciation for the sacrifices made by their grandfathers in Word War II is to display take part in a parade called the ‘Immortal Regiment’

The Immortal Regiment is a procession during which people (families and children) carry photographs of their relatives who participated in World War II. It is held on the Victory Day (a public holiday in Russia), this parade has stuck a chord with people, and gains momentum each year with more and more countries organising similar events. About 12 million people participated in the march “Immortal regiment" across Russia May 9, 2016. About 2000 people participated in the march “Immortal regiment" across London May 9, 2016.

It is called the ‘Immortal Regiment’ because the number of veterans is dwindling and steadily decreasing, and soon it will only be the memories that are kept alive. The objective, therefore, is to preserve the memory of their action and pass this on to our children and grandchildren.

In essence, the event is a parade where families get together to honour their families memory by marching and carrying photos of those who served during the war. As you can imagine it is an incredibly powerful way to show that we appreciate, respect and recognise the price that our families and our veterans paid for the world

I realise taking her out of school during term time is only given in exceptional circumstances, but I trust you can see this is both a wonderful learning experience and a significant mark of respect.

I’m writing to request your permission as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see her participate in the second event of its kind to be held in London. The procession will be from Trafalgar Sq, down Whitehall, past Parliament Sq, past Houses of Parlament, ending up at Victoria Tower Gardens.

I await your response: you can contact me, on ... or email me by reply.

With thanks for your time and best wishes