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Valentine's Day and Heart Health Month

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

By: Clare Connection

The complete history of St. Valentine is shrouded in mystery. Who exactly he was is a conundrum that will probably never be solved. Legend has it that he was a Roman priest who married young couples against the Roman Emperor's command. The mystery is that there were actually over a dozen saints with the name Valentine who were martyred. Valentine, which means valor or worthy, was a popular name back in the Middle Ages. Whoever he was, he lives in infamy.  Because of his final act of writing a letter (card) to a girl whom he healed, someone thought it would be coy to tie the date of Valentine's martyrdom to honor courtly love. He signed it "Your Valentine."

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