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The WA branch of the RSL has overturned a ban on the performance of Welcome to Country ceremonies and the flying of the Aboriginal flag at Anzac and Remembrance Day services after a public backlash.

On Friday, it was revealed RSLWA introduced a ban in response to some members taking issue with the Ode of Remembrance being translated and delivered in Noongar at last year's Anzac dawn service in Fremantle.

The veterans' organisation said at the time it did not support the performance of the ceremonies at any sites which commemorated those who died during the war.

"While having utmost respect for the traditional owners of land upon which such sites and memorials are located, RSLWA does not view it appropriate that a Welcome to Country is used at sites that were specifically established to pay homage to those who died and who came from a wide range of cultural backgrounds," the RSLWA stated.

The announcement drew swift and harsh criticism from state and federal politicians and today RSLWA chief executive John McCourt announced the policy had been withdrawn.

"Given the level of community reaction to RSLWA's advisory policy on cultural matters relating to commemoration, this policy has now been withdrawn," a statement read.

"RSLWA is concerned that its position on the matter had unfortunately drawn misunderstandings of its intent.

"RSLWA values and respects the Australian Indigenous community and, in particular, Indigenous veterans.

"RSLWA accepts the policy may have been open to misinterpretation.

"Its advisory policy will be reviewed and relaunched in the near future following further dialogue with interested parties."