Tom Hanks says after years of "deep divisions and a troubling rancor in our land," the country is ready to hear "words that will empower us all on the journey ahead."

The "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" actor played host Wednesday to the star-studded "Celebrating America" primetime TV special for President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE's inauguration.

Appearing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Hanks told viewers, "In the last few weeks, and the last few years, we've witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancor in our land."


"But tonight," he continued, "we ponder the United States of America, the practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic, the integrity of our Constitution, the hopes and dreams we all share for a more perfect union."

"Inauguration Day is about much more than the swearing in of our next national leaders," Hanks, 64, said. "This day is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal."

"Every four years we hear the words that will empower us all on the journey ahead, a message that can unite us as we begin a new passage from where we are, to where we can be," said Hanks, who donated to Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. "A trek to a common goal, to the promise of our promised land."

"The keynote of this day is the presidential inaugural address," Hanks added in his opening remarks. "The new president, Republican, Democrat, lays out a vision for the nation. If the words ring out, it is not only due to the power of the oratory, it is because the dream of America has no limits and resonates well beyond any single day."