Hermann is named for Germany's national hero who, in 9 A.D., wanted to see his beloved Germany released from the rule of Rome. At the age of 25, Hermann (called Arminius by the Romans) was called to be the leader of the Germans to take on Varus, a Roman general who treated the Germans as slaves.
The Germans planned for a small and distant tribe to revolt, which Varus and his men set out to put down. Hermann's followers trailed an unsuspecting Varus and his troops through the dense Teutoburg Forest. Severe storms hampered the progress of the Roman troops, who moved slowly because they had to cut down trees and make bridges over raging streams as they marched. This gave the German soldiers time to position themselves around the Roman Army and attack it with arrows and javelins from every side. Although the 30,000 to 40,000 Romans fought desperately, they were forced to retreat. With the exception of only a few, the Romans were wiped out in what was the worst defeat ever to befall the Romans. It was considered one of the turning points in the history of Europe.
A huge statue of Hermann stands in Detmold, Germany, above the field where it is thought this battle was fought. It is a symbol for doing the seemingly impossible. Not unlike the task undertaken by our forefathers in the founding of Hermann.