Tom Hanks has welcomed the new era under Joe Biden's presidency saying "the dream of America has no limit" after a turbulent past few years.

The 64-year-old Hollywood legend hosted Celebrating America, a primetime special to mark inauguration day.

Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the actor nodded to the civil unrest earlier this month as he welcomed viewers to "our secured capital city".

The Oscar-winner said: "In the last few weeks, in the last few years, we have witnessed deep divisions and a troubling rancour in our land but tonight we ponder the United States of America."

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Tom Hanks during the 'Celebrating America' inaugural show for US President Joe Biden and US Vice President Kamala Harris

Tom continued: "The practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic, the integrity of our constitution, the hope and dreams we all share for a more perfect union."

He said the presidential inauguration "marks the commitment" of a new four-year term, but added it is much more important than just welcoming a new leader

Tom added: "This day is about witnessing the permanence of the American ideal".

Addressing the traditional inauguration speech from the president, Tom said: "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 limit."

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Tom Hanks believes there is new hope for the nation

The special opened with Bruce Springsteen performing his 1999 song Land Of Hope And Dreams.

"Good evening America," the revered rockstar said as he stood yards from a statue of Abraham Lincoln while holding his guitar.

Jon Bon Jovi also appeared and performed a rendition of Here Comes The Sun.

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