Posted on March 12, 2019
IRA victims criticised the honour, which also recognises the former IRA leader’s role in the peace process.
Mayor London Breed said more care should have been taken with the certificate’s language.
DUP leader Arlene Foster invited her to NI to see how “terrorism still causes pain”.
In a statement, Ms Breed explained that Mr McGuinness had been selected as one of five Grand Marshalls for the award, which is the equivalent to freedom of the city.
“As part of San Francisco’s annual St Patrick’s Day festivities, the Mayor of San Francisco has traditionally provided Certificates of Honor to the Honorary Grand Marshalls selected by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco,” she said.
“San Francisco values means respect for the democratic process and non-violent political actions.
“The language on the Certificate of Honor should have taken more care to apply these values when reflecting the history of Mr McGuinness’s life towards peacemaker and his role in the peace process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.”
Ms Breed said she apologised for “the pain this certificate has caused”.
Claudy bomb victims
Mary Hamilton who was injured in the IRA bombing of Claudy in 1972 described the award as “disgusting.”