"And So Today" is the touching and typical of Carl Sandburg's great compassion for both this subject and other subjects in his poems. "As of Today" was inspired by the burial of the unknown soldier in th cemetery at Arlington in Virginia. The following is an excerpt:
And so today--they lay him away--
the boy nobody knows the name of--
the buck private--the unknown soldier--
the doughboy who dug under and died
when they told him to--that's him.
It is my understanding that Sandburg referred to the first unknown soldier from World I to be buried at the National Cemetery.