St. Valentine: A Love Figure who sacrificed his life by Nelson Dimas.

Today, being St. Valentine's day, is someone's remembrance day. I have read many pundits [who coloured their writings/open with religious bias] giving unknown narrative about who Valentine is and what Valentine's day is all about.

In all tales obtainable, Valentine's Day is all about Love, Sacrifice and genuineness to Humanity. Nothing suggests that it was a festival of nudity or killings anywhere, infact St. Valentine was said to have been murdered for his kindness and his unconditional love towards others.

If we remember his love and sacrifice today, so be it.

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and where did these traditions come from?

Saint Valentine, who according to some sources is actually two distinct historical characters who were said to have healed a child while imprisoned and executed by decapitation

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men.

According to history, Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Still others insist that it was Saint Valentine of Terni, a bishop, who was the true namesake of the holiday. He, too, was beheaded by Claudius II outside Rome.

Other records suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly–romantic figure.

The ritual of expressing love and affection goes far beyond the courtly love of Chaucer’s time. He may have been the first person to link the Catholic Saint Valentine with romance, but today Valentine’s Day is a time to show appreciation for family and friends as well.

My utmost appreciation and love today, goes to our Troops at the rear. As a friend to many on the front lines, I understand the efforts. As brother to many, I know their sacrifice. As a grandson of the Force, I feel their pains.

Those fighting neo-battles of terrorism. Those placing their lives on the line for us to be united.

My sincere love to you all!

  Nelson Dimas
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