Glenn Beck wanted to focus on one message Saturday night: It's time to restore love.
Speaking before tens of thousands of people who packed into Cowboys Stadium, the conservative radio and TV host said it's time "to love each other."
"Here we are ... to restore our purpose as a nation, to remember who we are as Americans," Beck said. "America is great because America is good.
"We don't need anybody to tell us all about charity," he said. "We will let people know all over the world that we will be their shelter from the storm. ... They are not alone."
Beck talked about faith, love and country during a two-hour event that was billed as the "largest gathering of Patriots" and was filled with prayer, music and speeches. Organizers said more than 40,000 tickets were sold.
"It's a night to love each other," Beck said. "It's a night to celebrate you."
Beck told the crowd - many wearing red, white and blue - that throughout history, the nation has come to the edge of a cliff.
But he said that time and again, Americans choose good over bad to put the country back on course.
"History is not all about the good stuff. You have to have the bad stuff as well," he said. "Otherwise, you miss the glorious stuff."
He cited leaders such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who he said helped steer the country in the right direction.
"America's never ever been a perfect nation," Beck said. "We're not perfect. We're never finished. It's always getting better."
But now, he said, it's time for Americans to once and for all learn from the past.
"America has got to stop picking at the scabs," he said. "We have to let [the past] heal.
"We can't keep fighting the same wars over and over again. It's time for us to move forward. It's time for us to stand for what we believe in."
Throughout the program, Beck showed a number of historically important artifacts, from a helmet Dwight D. Eisenhower wore, to a model of the Liberty Bell. These items, he said, are important because they show that people fought for what they believed in.
"Freedom belongs to all mankind," he said. "There has to be a country that will stand up for other counties and everybody's freedom when no one else will. Someone else has to do the job.
"The world expects us again to be the shining city on the hill," he said. "That is a great blessing but it is a profound responsibility. The world still looks to us; the shining city is still ours to build."