Love, War, and Saint Valentine
Here is how one article describes it:
Another legend touts of a well loved priest called Valentine living under the rule of Emperor Claudius II.
was constantly engaged in war. Year after year, Claudius drafted male citizens into battle to defend and expand the Rome Roman Empire. Many Romans were unwilling to go. Married men did not want to leave their families. Younger men did not wish to leave their sweethearts. Claudius ordered a moratorium on all marriages and that all engagements must be broken off immediately.
Valentine disagreed with his emperor. When a young couple came to the temple seeking to be married, Valentine secretly obliged them. Others came and were quietly married. Valentine became the friend of lovers in every district of Rome. But such secrets could not be kept for long. Valentine was dragged from the temple. Many pleaded with Claudius for Valentine's release but to no avail, and in a dungeon, Valentine languished and died. His devoted friends are said to have buried him in the
on the 14th of February. churchof St. Praxedes
More on the legend here, here and here. Somehow knowing the history makes me thankful not just for love, but also that our government demands only a few good men. They make war, so we can make ... well, the best of it on this holiday.
Happy Valentine's Day.