Valentine’s Day: A Brief History

Liam Duffy, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is one of the most wonderful times of the year. People spread love and joy to others just because of the mood Valentine’s Day putss us in.

Did you know that Valentine’s Day was named after a Christian named Saint Valentine? He would marry soldiers to the ones they loved in marriages performed by himself. They were illegal because it was against the law for soldiers to marry and Christians were persecuted during that time. Since Saint Valentine was a Christian, he was taken to prison because Christians weren’t allowed to minister weddings.

The Roman Emperor at the time, Claudius II, tried to convert Valentine to Roman paganism to save his life due to the fact that he was impressed by Valentine. In the end, Valentine refused and was executed for doing nothing but being a good man and sticking to his morals.

Before his death, he healed his jailer’s daughter, Julia, by curing her blindness. He even wrote her a letter as a farewell stating, “Your Valentine.” This was how Valentine’s Day was born as a holiday of love.

It doesn’t matter what religion you believe in, what class you are from, or who you are, as long as you have love in your heart. That is what Valentine’s Day is about. I think that is what Saint Valentine would want us to know if he were still alive today.