“The Animated History of Valentine’s Day” posted by Ya Bo tells the real story of Saint Valentine, the third-century Roman bishop who made it his mission to marry couples in love despite tyrannic laws banning marriage because the emperor felt it made his “soldiers weak.”
The ban on marriage was a great shock. The kind Bishop noticed the injustice of the decree. He held the law of the church and helped lovers who came to him,uniting them in a holy matrimony. B ut it was only a matter of time before the Emperor heard about this “friend of lovers” and had him arrested. …After a while, the emperor issued a verdict. Valentine was asked to agree with the Emperor about the ban on marriage thus giving up his religion. Valentine refused. Just before his execution Valentine asked for a pen and paper and signed a farewell message to his lover – “from your Valentine”. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 A.D.
via The Presurfer