Valentine was a priest who lived in the 3rd Century A. D. in Rome, Italy. We actually celebrate the 14th as St. Valentine’s Day because that is when he was killed for his faith. He went against the Roman government. The Emperor Claudius of Rome decided that the Roman soldiers were better off if they didn’t get married. He gave big orgy type feasts for the soldiers to try to keep them happy. He didn’t want them out traveling somewhere thinking about a sweet heart back home. He thought it would make them better soldiers. He decided to make a law that they couldn’t marry.
However, Valentine believed in the traditional idea of marriage, one man and one woman for life. When young couples fell in love and wanted to get married, they went to him to get married, and he married them, even if the husband was a Roman soldier. It got Valentine into hot water with Emperor Claudius. Valentine was arrested.
Even in jail, the young couples came to Valentine to get married. Valentine just wouldn’t stop. He believed in marriage. He didn’t believe in the orgies. He believed in one man and one woman for life, and he put his life on the line for it. Eventually, the Roman government couldn’t take it, and Emperor Claudius ordered Valentine’s execution.
The people appreciated Valentine. They young couples were grateful that he went ahead and married them even though it was illegal. They began celebrating the day of his death commemorating him. The whole world is still celebrating February 14th as S. Valentine’s Day. Several churches have deemed him a saint because he died for his faith. It is the day of sweethearts.