Legend has it that the Valentine takes its name from a young Christian priest who lived during ancient Roman times. During that period, Christians were jailed because of their faith and so it was with Valentine.
Often he thought of his loved ones and wanted to assure them of his well-being and his love for them. Within reach, beyond his cell window, grew a cluster of violets. He picked some of the heart-shaped leaves and etched ever so delicately, "Remember Your Valentine" and sent them off by a friendly dove. As the days passed, he sent more messages that simply said, "I love you." Thus the Valentine had its beginning.
By order of Claudius the Goth, St. Valentine was beheaded for his faith on February 14, 269 in Rome, Italy.
Because of the love this young priest had for his Lord and his people, his name has become beautifully and indelibly associated with the love that people have for each other.
Whatever the origins of this ancient tradition, two things are evident. Valentines are sent as an outpouring of love, affection and devotion and received as one of the most beautiful gestures and nicest compliments one can present to another.