Valentine’s Day dates back 1,528 years. For many, the celebration is a chance to show appreciation for love and loved ones; for a few, it’s a reminder of loneliness; for some it means work.

“It’s a way to show somebody you love that you think about them and appreciate them,” Rich Henley, a tourist from Houston visiting Galveston, said. “We don’t get a lot of time to do that. It kind of forces you to be the decent person you really are.”

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