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“On this day , 278, a holy priest named Valentine was executed for continuing marrying couples after Emperor Claudius ll banned marriages, because the emperor believed the bonds of marriage were causing Roman men to avoid enlisting in the army”.
He was a saint & his relics are in Ireland at Whitefair Street Carmelite Church in Dublin . It was interesting to note that there were three saints named Valentine, all of whom were executed.
Something else that I found interesting is that Valentine was a common name among Romans which meant: “He who wards off the wolf”. Wikipedia goes on in depth how the heart symbol was acquired from the Babylonians, and applied to Valentine via Nimrod who was: “The mighty hunter before the Lord”. (TY Buck)
George Washington became known as "The Father of Our Country". He is an important person in the history of the United States.
George's great-grandfather came from England and became a landowner in America. He owned more than 5,000 acres of land. George's father, Augustine, settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia. This is where George was born to Augustine and his second wife, Mary Ball. They had five more children after George was born.
He only went to school for 7 or 8 years, and his favorite subject was arithmetic.
His father died when he was 11, and he helped his mother take care of the plantation * . He grew very tall; 6 feet and 2 inches, and he liked to show how far he could throw rocks.
When he was sixteen he went to live with his half brother, Lawrence, who had inherited Mount Vernon from their father. Later on George would inherit the estate from Lawrence since Lawrence did not have any surviving children. George married a widow * , Martha Custis. They never had children of their own, but they raised Martha's two children, John Parke Custis, who was called "Jacky", and Martha "Patsy" Custis. Then after Jacky's death in the war, they adopted two of his children, their grandchildren.
Men came to Philadelphia to meet with the First Continental Congress. Washington thought he would be a good man to be general of the army, so he showed up in a uniform he had designed himself. The men agreed he would be the best person for the job.
The people of America wanted to be free of the rule of England and fought for that freedom.
Washington was a good general. At one time Congress could not pay the soldiers and the soldiers started to rebel. The general spoke to them about the need to keep fighting and he said he himself would accept no pay until the war was won. The soldiers began to cry and there was no talk of mutiny * after that day.
Washington at Valley Forge