Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an
Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men
made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed
marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine,
decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor
Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.
Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's
daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a
letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today.