Valentine's Day is named for Saint Valentine,
an early Christian churchman who reportedly helped young lovers.
Valentine was executed for his Christian beliefs
on February 14 more than 1700 years ago,
but the day that has his name is even earlier than that.
More than 2000 years ago,the ancient Romans celebrated a holiday for lovers.
As part of the celebration,
girls wrote their names on pieces of paper and put them in a large container
Boys reached into the container and pulled one out.
The girl whose name was written on the paper
became his lover of sweetheart for a year.
Lovers still put their names on pieces of paper
and send each other Valentine's Day cards that tell of their love.
Sometimes they send gifts,like flowers or chocolate candy.
Americans usually send these gifts and cards through the mail system.
But some use another way to send this message.
They have it printed in a newspaper.The cost is usually a few dollars.
Some of these messages are simple and short:
"Jane,I love you very much.Peter."
Others say more.This one for example:"Dan Roses are red, violets are blue.
I hope you love me as much as I love you.Forever,Mary."
Most of the news- papers that print such messages are local,
but one,USA Today,
is sold throughout the United States and 90 other countries as well.
This means someone can send a Valentine messages to a lover
in far away city or town almost anywhere in the world.
These massages cost$80 and more.
An employee of the USA Today
says readers can have a small heart or rose
printed along with their messages nowadays.
Will this kind of Valentine's Day message reach the one you love?
Well,just make sure he or she reads the newspaper.