Oh Valentines day, the day most people dread, but others love. Exactly how did Valentines come about? Well we have to go back to Roman times approximately 270 AD when Emperor Claudius Gothicus was in power. Claudius, banned all Christian marriages across the Roman Empire, but Saint Valentine wouldn't deny Christ, so he married people in secret. After marrying many, the Roman Empire found out about him marrying people. The Emperor said to Valentine, stop marrying people and defy the Christian faith or face death. Valentine refused to defy his faith so they arrested Valentine and sent him to the dungeon, while he was in the dungeon a guard went up to him. The guard had asked Valentine to marry him with his lover, Valentine didn't refuse and he married the two. Valentine fell in love with one of the other prisoners while he was in the prison. February, 14, 270 AD, this was Valentine's execution date. He had called over one of the guards and he asked for ink and paper. He wrote to his lover before he was killed and on that letter was "From your Valentine". That phrase carried on and will always be the phrase used centuries to come. The Catholic church created Valentine's Day in honor of Saint Valentine, though Hallmark has ruined the meaning of this holy holiday and turned it into a profit. Now that you know the true meaning tell people about it.