VIDEO: New Canadians Sworn-in on Canada Day in Amherstburg
The town of Amherstburg celebrated Canada's 152nd birthday at Fort Malden by welcoming 39 new citizens to Essex County.
Ali Al-Shammari, his eight-year-old sister Ruqayah and 12-year-old brother Hussein shared their official welcome as Canadians on Monday.
The 16-year-old Kennedy Secondary School student and his siblings came to Windsor from Iraq five years ago.
"Feels great, you know it's a new thing and a good experience, great weather," he says.
Ali's father Mohammad is already a citizen, and is proud to see his kids make it official too.
"I'm happy today ... I chose Canada because it's a good country and a free country, I'm just happy today," he says.
In total, 39 people from 19 different countries were sworn in as Canadian Citizens in Amherstburg on Canada Day.