Nova Scotia

Halifax Citadel marks D-Day invasion anniversary

It takes a lot of hard work to make the Halifax Citadel site look and feel like a step back in time to the Victorian-era.

The anniversary of D-Day invasion will be honoured at the Halifax Citadel this weekend.

It takes a lot of hard work to make the National Historic Site site look and feel like a step back in time to the Victorian-era.

The Citadel is marking the anniversary by changing the changing of the guard.

Every hour, one 78th Highlander replaces another as the main guardian at the entrance to the Halifax Citadel.

It's a two-minute job.

But getting geared up to play the part of a 78th highlander is an involved, sometime fussy and time-consuming process.

"Shine, put everything on, normally it takes about 50 minutes," said Hamish Lambert.

This weekend, for some Highlanders, gearing up is going to take a lot less time.

That's because they'll be slipping into a more current military kit, a uniform from the 1940s.

It's part of a Parks Canada commemoration of the D-Day invasion.

"It also kind of allows me to experience the discomfort of what some of the fellows would have had to wear back in the day," said re-enactor Jonathan Harrison.

Parks Canada said having soldiers dressed in costumes from different eras helps highlight an important fact about the Halifax Citadel.

Lambert thinks it'll be a step up in comfort.

"Even though I do say this is pretty comfortable, it's really unusual," said Lambert. "It's not as close to my day-to-day dress as a World War Two kit appears, so I think the World War Two kit would be more comfortable."

Harrison, who is used to donning the Second World War gear, said it's not really all that comfortable.

"On a scale of one to five, it would be about a three, not very, but it's probably an improvement over the 19th century stuff."