Saint Valentine was a Christian priest who lived in 270 AD at the time, the Roman Government controlled most of the world. They needed many soldiers to defend the land they owned and keep the empire stable. The Emperor Claudius II decided that married men were not fit to be soldiers as they would rather be spending time at home with their wives (and sometimes children) instead of defending the empire. He made a strange law which said young men were not allowed to marry. He also said that any priest who marries a young couple would be executed. However a priest named Valentine disobeyed the emperor. He secretly helped young couples marry. When the emperor found out he imprisoned Valentine for life. As Saint Valentine had helped so many couples, the day he died became a day for people to express their love for each other. This is why today we continue to celebrate
Saint Valentines Day.